One Step Closer to a Vote?

One of the things that DC loves to snark about is our lack of representation in the hallowed halls of Congress. While some sarcastically claim that every rep is their rep, that may be coming to an end. A Bill to give DC a voting seat in the House of Representatives (along with another seat for Utah) made it past the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. Though, it still has a long way to go, including a vote of the whole House of Reps, the Senate, the likely veto by President Bush and the votes again to overturn the Veto, not to mention numerous legal challenges related to the Constitutionality of the Law, but it’s at least a small step to making Eleanor Holmes Norton into more than just a delegate. DCist’s Martin Austermuhle has been following the hearings and has a great summary of today’s action.

I think I’d like to see the District get a seat in the House, a full vote on matters legislatural, but the thought of “Senator Marion Barry” is enough to keep me from getting behind the effort full steam.

6 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    Why would Bush be likely to veto it? It seems passage would have a politically neutral effect, since Utah would get an offsetting seat.


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 6:57 am

    My understanding of the President’s position is that he believes it’s not constitutional.


  3. Wayan (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 7:48 am

    As a District resident, I am against the bill. I don’t want lip service of maybe a Representative. I want the real deal: two Senators and a Representative.

    There are more people in DC than Wyoming, yet the latter has the full suite of politicians.

    And don’t worry about Barry, its Senator “No Guns” Fenty that should get you quaking in your shoes.


  4. Jenn L (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    We need to kill this “Senator Marion Barry” fear. It’s just no longer valid in the city’s current climate. Barry no longer has the kind of citywide political support to make it to ever being a Senator. Not to mention his health and his legal issues. Relax, it won’t happen. By the time this complex issue of DC voting rights is ever untangled… …


  5. Don (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Maybe someone could send our President a little note reminding him that it’s not his responsibility to determine if something is constitutional or not, we’ve actually got one of those troublesome other branches that looks at such things…


  6. Joseph J. Finn (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    Thorny little question; say DC does get a real Representative. Does Norton automatically get it or would there need to be an election?



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