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Senate Poised To Give DC A House Seat

From an ever-hopeful Associated Press:

Voting rights advocates believe prospects good for DC to finally get a vote in Congress

By BRIAN WESTLEY, Associated Press

Last update: February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON – District of Columbia voting rights advocates say they are poised to win a crucial vote Tuesday in the Senate, following a day of last-minute lobbying for a bill that would provide the federal city with its first full seat in the House.

"We’re closer than we’ve ever been," Ilir Zherka, executive director of the advocacy group DC Vote, said ahead of a preliminary vote on legislation that would expand the 435-member House by two seats.

More than 3,000 people from across the nation called their senators Monday asking them to support the measure, according to DC Vote. Callers from the district, who don’t have a senator, were directed to lawmakers who might be uncertain, such as Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C…

The bill would award one seat to overwhelmingly Democratic D.C. In an attempt to win bipartisan support, the other would go to Republican-leaning Utah, the state next in line to get an extra seat based on the 2000 census.

The House passed a similar measure two years ago, but the bill was defeated during a procedural vote in the Senate, falling three votes short of the 60 needed to avoid a filibuster.

It’s only fair.

After all, the Democrats do not have enough power in Congress.

And the denizens of Washington DC have suffered enough at the hands of the stingy US taxpayer.

The streets there are still not pave with gold.

More than 3,000 people from across the nation called their senators Monday asking them to support the measure, according to DC Vote.

Don’t you love the spontaneous outpouring the the people’s will?

The House passed a similar measure two years ago, but the bill was defeated during a procedural vote in the Senate, falling three votes short of the 60 needed to avoid a filibuster.

We’re going to go out on a limb and speculate that Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter will provide these three votes.

And the Constitution (as usual) be damned.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Senate Poised To Give DC A House Seat”

  1. proreason says:

    ACORN funded by us.

    Voter fraud rampant.

    Census moving to the Moron’s house.

    Open borders next in line.

    Now this.

    Anybody see a pattern?

    Predictions: voting rights for criminals, voting age lowered to 17, voting from home. Because of course, crooks and kids and lazy-asses are the liberal base

    • heykev says:

      I believe you’re correct Pro, except the voting age will be lowered to 16 to correspond to when drivers licenses are issued.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    I wouldn’t live somewhere where I couldn’t vote!

    Duh!

  3. pdsand says:

    Not that I care either for or against the people of D.C., and I love my representation as much as the next guy, but the consitution is rather explicit on the fact that states have members of congress, and since the district is not a state, how can a simple law passed by the congress give D.C a U.S. Representative? It obviously needs a constitutional amendment. And why make a mockery out of the whole situation by giving them a representative, when I’m sure by population they would be entitled to several. And why no senators? But like you said, the constitution be damned. Just speaking truth to power.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Whatha heck .. while they’re at it, why not just go ahead and throw in a few seats for Hezbollah, Hamas, al Quida, et al .. they’re of the same ilk as the libs ….

  5. Colonel1961 says:

    Two words: Electoral College.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Since when does a mere 3,000 people across the country represent the majority of a population of 300 million? Flawed as it is, leave the system alone. Besides, it’s the vice-president’s job to cast the deciding vote on bills resulting in a tie. Why do people want to screw the system up even more?

  7. TwilightZoned says:

    Power…it’s all about keeping the Dems in permanently…Eventually moving to a one party system by eliminating the Republican party. The unfairness doctrine, moving the census to the WH, the steal-from-us bill, are all designed as part of the plot…according to some opinions. But it does make sense. Hopefully, the American people will wake up in time to stop the madness.

  8. brad says:

    There goes more money for no reason. 2 more people get fat paychecks for doing nothing, and retirement etc.

    I can’t wait to see the poor people of D.C. spend money and energy competing to see who is the best Congressman to elect:
    1. The racist black activist.
    2. The really racist black activist.

    Either way, the winner will be a joke and a disgrace to humanity. Just watch and see what turd comes crawling out of the cesspool. (YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST FOLKS!)

  9. Flession says:

    We might as well give the power to Puetro Rico while we’re at it.
    They’re a territory of the United States, so they should get equal rights as us!

  10. doctor tecate says:

    The idea of actually granting representation to 588,292 U.S. citizens is just so offensive. These people don’t live in a state and so they should not have any say over anything in our country. What you wanna put in your two cents about who should be president? Pssh I don’t think so. After all the IRS only collected $20,393,510,000 of Federal tax revenue from you chumps last year. A revenue per capita of $34,665.63

    By comparison:

    North Dakota has 639,715 people and their per capita is $5,720.89

    Vermont with 621,254 and $6,126.50

    Alaska – 683,478 and $6,272.62

    Montana – 957,861 and $4,721.65

    Wyoming – 522,830 and $9,036.74

    South Dakota – 796,214 and $5,985.27

    Barrgh which part of the constitution do we follow?

    No taxation without representation or allowing only the states the right to representation.


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