Dem Congresswoman Says The Constitution Is 400 Years Old (VIDEO)

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) says the Constitution is 400 years old.

“Frankly, maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman, and others for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not,” she said Wednesday on the House floor.

In fact, the U.S. Constitution is closer to 225 years old. It was adopted in 1787 and ratified by the necessary number of states in 1789.

The congresswoman has represented the Houston area since 1995.

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