District of Columbia residents lost again today in their 200-year-old battle to get a vote in Congress.
House leaders gave up on a bill that would have granted the vote to the District’s 60,000 residents, but only if they get rid of Washington’s tough gun control laws.
“The price was too high,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in announcing that legislation to give the District a full-voting representative for the first time would be pulled down.
The District’s current delegate in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), can only vote in committees and not on the floor.
The House passed a bill in 2007 that would have created a District representative, who almost certainly would have been a Democrat, and also create a new seat in Utah which almost certainly would have gone to a Republican.
The Senate passed a similar bill last year but attached an amendment that would have allowed for the open carry of weapons in the District and inside government buildings.
The gun amendment “made it absolutely impossible” to sell the bill to District residents, Norton said.
Don't you find it amazing that they were asking for such an outlandish thing, "open carry of weapons in the District and inside government buildings?" It makes you wonder if the unrealistic demand was simply a way of blocking the possibility of another Democratic vote in Congress.
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