Demand for copies of the U.S. Constitution is skyrocketing.
The pocket edition of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence ranked 10th on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) best-seller list in March.
increased interest comes amid the rise of the Tea Party movement and as
both parties cite the Constitution to advance their agendas.
Since September 2009, the GPO has sold more than 8,700
copies of the pocket Constitution to the public, according to GPO
spokesman Gary Somerset. That is a higher sell rate than in recent
Those sales are in addition to the thousands of copies
given to members of Congress each year. Congress authorized a resolution
in 2009 to print 441,000 copies for the use of the House (1,000 for
each member) and 100,000 copies for the Senate (1,000 for each senator).
Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, which keep statistics on
the Constitution, also say that requests for the historical document are
on the rise.
GPO sells copies for $2.75, but constituents
can request a free one from their lawmaker.
offices are burning through theirs stacks of pocket Constitutions.
a recent “Dear Colleague” letter titled “Order More Pocket
Constitutions!” House Administration Committee Chairman Robert Brady
(D-Pa.) advised members to take advantage of a special rate.
letter stated, “Many Members have lately experienced a large increase
in constituent requests for the Pocket Constitution. Members who may
need more are invited to take advantage of a special, pre-publication
‘rider-rate’ of $390 per 1,000 copies. This rider rate of 39¢ each
represents a substantial savings over the post-publication price of
$2.75 each ($2,750 per 1,000) available later through the GPO Sales
Lawmakers can use their office accounts to make the
Brady told The Hill that he has been getting
requests to print the Constitution in Spanish and that they were making
those available to members as well.