Today, the House of Representatives will once again take up the bill that would give the District of Columbia a vote in the House and add another seat for Utah as well:
WASHINGTON — The House tries again Thursday to expand the number of its voting members to give the half-million people of the District of Columbia full representation while giving Utah an extra seat.
Democrats had to pull the bill from the floor a month ago after Republicans surprised them by proposing language, with a good chance of passing, that would have lifted the district’s ban on semiautomatic weapons and other tough gun restrictions. This time, Democrats came prepared with a floor procedure blocking a gun vote.
In all likelihood, the bill will pass the House this time, but that’s only the beginning of the process:
The White House has issued a veto threat, saying the Constitution specifically limits representation to states, and has a strong ally in Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“If you want to give the District of Columbia a congressman, you need a constitutional amendment,” he said in a recent speech. If it reaches the Senate, McConnell said, it “certainly will not have my support, because it is not in the gray areas. This is really quite clear.”
Given McConnell’s statement, one would suspect that there could be a filibuster in the Senate that supports would have a hard time breaking. And, even if it did pass the Senate, the bill will die if Bush follows through with his threat of a veto.
A Vote For D.C. That’s Unconstitutional
Congress Examines Legality Of D.C. Vote Bill
White House Opposes D.C. Vote Bill
The D.C. Voting Rights Crybabies
Will Bush Veto The D.C. Vote Bill ?
Memo From The Washington Post: Ignore The Constitution, Just Vote Already
D.C. Vote Bill Stalls In The House
The Washington Post: Ignoring The Constitution Again
The D.C. Vote Bill Is On It’s Way Back
The D.C. Voting Rights Crybabies Are Back
The D.C. Vote Bill: The Battle Begins Anew
The D.C. Vote Bill Is Back