After passing amendments that ban FCC from reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine and significantly curtail the District of Columbia’s gun control laws, the Senate passed the bill giving D.C. a vote in Congress:
The Senate today passed a bill that for the first time would give the District a full voting member of the House of Representatives. But senators managed to attach an amendment that would scrap most of the District’s local gun-control laws.
The 61-37 vote marked the first time in 31 years that the Senate had approved a D.C. voting-rights bill. The addition of the gun language could complicate the bill’s passage into law, however, since it will be necessary to reconcile the Senate version of the legislation with the companion bill in the House. Voting-rights supporters hope the gun amendment can be removed in those negotiations.
The House is expected to approve the D.C. vote bill next week, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it into law.
Of course, before Obama signs the bill it has to make it through a House-Senate Conference Committee and, then, passage again in both Houses of Congress of the final conference version of the bill.
Will the Democrats let the amendments, especially the gun control amendment, pass just so they can get the bill passed ?