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Constitution and Citizenship Day

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. CUMMINGS. Mr. Speaker, this fall we will walk to voting booths in every community across this Nation to elect our leaders. Our right to vote is one of many rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Yet every election cycle, millions of young Americans fail to exercise this right, often because they do not realize the importance of doing so.

On September 17, we will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of our Nation's Constitution. To mark that momentous anniversary, this week I introduced the Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2012, H.R. 6390.

This bill would support expanded education about our Constitution by enabling high school students to organize special events to mark Constitution and Citizenship Day.

Our young people should be given every opportunity to learn what our democracy means and to partake in it. The Congress is the living embodiment of our Constitution's provisions. I invite all Members on both sides of the aisle to join me in cosponsoring this legislation to ensure that future generations understand their rights, duties, and responsibilities.

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