Off to a good start.
(Politico)– In another statement of the new House Republican majority’s commitment to the Constitution, aides to incoming Speaker John Boehner plan to take their oath of office Tuesday morning — a day before the same oath is administered to the 435 House members of the new Congress.
At Boehner’s request, Chief Justice John Roberts will preside over the staff ceremony, which may be a first in congressional history. Aides in Boehner’s Washington and district offices are expected to take the oath in the Capitol in a private, low-key event with no press coverage, a Boehner aide said.
“As Boehner said on election night, this isn’t a time for celebration; it’s a time for focus, commitment, and tough choices. The challenges that lie ahead for our nation demand a serious approach,” the Boehner aide told POLITICO. “Having the highest judicial officer in the country administer the oath underscores our commitment to listen to the American people and honor the Constitution.”
In a sense, the ceremony will be symbolic. House aides already commit to supporting the Constitution when they sign their employment forms. But the formal event will be another measure that Boehner takes seriously his new responsibility.
The staff ceremony will be part of a series of steps to emphasize the House GOP’s commitment to the Constitution—including the scheduled reading of the document on the House floor Thursday, and a requirement that members cite their constitutional authority with each bill that they file. Many new GOP members won in November with strong support from tea party groups, which have emphasized first principles.