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Dems To Push For House Seat For District

From an elated Washington Post

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

D.C. Vote Bill Sent To House Floor

Supporters Hoping For Momentum to Sway Leery Senate

By Mary Beth Sheridan
Friday, March 16, 2007; A01

A bill granting the District its first full-fledged seat in the House of Representatives passed the Judiciary Committee yesterday, clearing the final hurdle before a vote by the entire House, expected next week.

The House Democratic leadership has vowed to pass the legislation and send it to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle. The House floor vote will mark the first time since 1993 that the chamber has considered a House seat for the District, and proponents hope that a victory there would create a wave of support.

“The key thing here is we’re gaining great momentum, and we’re going to build on it,” Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) declared at yesterday’s hearing.

The Judiciary Committee voted 21 to 13, largely along party lines, to approve the legislation. But in a dramatic move, a leading conservative Republican, Mike Pence (Ind.), who had been undecided, joined Democrats in voting yes.

“It’s heartfelt,” Pence later told D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) as she thanked him for his support. He added, “I want to be helpful next week,” when the measure goes to the floor.

One other Republican on the Judiciary panel backed the measure: Chris Cannon (Utah). His Republican-leaning state would pick up a seat under the bill, which seeks to maintain partisan balance while adding the vote of the heavily Democratic District.

The bill, sponsored by Norton and Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), would increase the size of the House from 435 to 437 seats. Norton is currently allowed to vote only in committees, not on final passage of legislation. The bill would leave the District without voting representation in the Senate…

Never mind the Constitution.

The important thing is to give the Democrats another safe seat in the House.

And, of course, to give Ms. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, who failed for several years to pay her income taxes (or even file) the power to raise taxes on the rest of us.

The article neglects to mention that it would also give Utah another seat, which it deserves based on its population anyway.

But the Post didn’t want to let on why the Republican from Utah was supporting the bill.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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