"Our constitutional principles remain timeless and it is fitting that we start the 113th Congress by reading the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House of Representatives," Goodlatte said.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Congress must "never lose sight" of the Constitution, which was meant to protect the rights of the individual.
"Congress must live within its means, limit the growth of government and maximize individual liberty," he said. "Guided by these principles, I am confident the House will chart a course for the future that ensures liberty and prosperity for all Americans."
Led by Goodlatte, members of the House will start reading the Constitution at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and finish before noon. According to Goodlatte's office, any member can participate by reading a section of the Constitution — requests will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Constitution was only read on the House floor one other time — at the start of the last Congress in 2011.