U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement commemorating Constitution Day, September 17, 2011.
“September 17th marks the 224th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. The 112th Congress has returned the Constitution to its rightful place at the center of American government, and I am proud to have been part of that. One day after being sworn in as a Member of Congress, I joined my colleagues in reading aloud the Constitution in the House chamber. We also adopted a rule requiring that every bill introduced by a member of Congress be accompanied by a statement of Constitutional authority, ensuring that every bill is clearly rooted in the Constitution. After too many years when the Constitution was seemingly disregarded by legislators with a big-government agenda, I am proud to be fighting alongside my House colleagues to cut spending and reduce the size of government.”
On September 17, 1787 thirty-nine men came together to sign the United States Constitution. Thirty-nine men who came from different backgrounds, different religions and of different political interest, came together to meet one last time to sign the four sheets of paper that would bind all Americans together for generations.
United States Constitution took four and a half months and fifty-five delegates meeting almost every day to put down in writing the separate powers of the central government, powers of the states, rights of the people and how the representatives of the people should be elected. In June of 1788, nine of the thirteen states approved the Constitution to form a perfect union.
Constitution Day is a day all Americans should celebrate the signing of our Constitution and the start of the freedom we still enjoy today.