February 26th, 2009
04:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Senate approves DC voting bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved legislation Thursday that would give the District of Columbia a vote in Congress.

The measure would give full voting rights in the House of Representatives to the district's congressional delegate, whose activity is currently limited to committee votes and procedural issues.

The measure also gives a new House seat to the state of Utah.

The bill now moves to the House, where it is considered likely to pass.

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  1. Lee

    One word describes this bill. UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    February 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    I still think it would be better to make D.C. part of Maryland and let it vote on their Senators and if there is enough population change in the 2010 cenus they get their own Representative other wise the be added to an existing Maryland district. Also they should start paying for their own improvements not the 50 States/Federal Government. They are a Territory not a State. Also look what Federal Government intervention has done for D.C. wiht the poorest school that cost the most per student and the high crime rates even compaired to other cities.

    February 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Taxation WITH Representation

    The disctrict has a high percentage of minorities among its citizentry.

    Let the racists begin to howl in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ....

    February 26, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Bill

    From the time I first studied history to this ripe age of 55, I never understood how the Citizens of Washington DC could put up with taxation without representation. I think they should not only have congressional representatives, but they should have two Senators as well. If they need to be looked upon as a State then welcome them as a 51st State. I refused to live or work in Washington DC because I always considered it hostile terroritory

    February 26, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Keith

    The good guys are in power now, no reason why stinking Utah should get a congressional vote to guaranteed washout the guaranteed Dem seat from DC.

    Baby steps I suppose. Now let's get DC two senate seats.

    February 26, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Can't wait to see what the GOPers come up with for talking points to bash Obama with on this one. Conspiracy anyone? Payback?Underpants gnomes?

    Solution is simple...get one of your own elected to that new voting position. Remember all those expansions of executive power Bush had fun making because the plan was to set up a permanent Republican stranglehold over the country? Not so great now that Obama's wielding it now is it? So don't worry.

    February 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |

    FINALLY !!

    Common (and LEGAL) sense comes to the politicians !!

    February 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Another violation of the U.S. Constitution! OMG the founding fathers turn in their graves...

    February 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. FF in PA

    Congress may pass this bill but I doubt it will survive the inevitable challenges it will face in the courts. This measure is clearly unconstitutional. There's a process for amending the constitution; if our current group of elected representatives refuse to recognize it, we should elect new representatives who do.

    February 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Nobama

    Yeah – what did our founding fathers know anyway??

    They were just some country-bumpkins who happened to fight the greatest standing army at the time, write an enduring Constitution, and establish the our country as a Republic Democracy.

    Since we're trampling FREEDOM and LIBERTY – ushering a new era of Government intervention and control.... let's just change the fabric of our voting system.

    Perhaps we can extend State representation to other "favorite" non-states of Obama.... like Cuba and Venezuela??

    February 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |

    So will Puerto Rico be next?

    February 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Comradio

    Oh sorry Laura Ingram. Looks like you'll little rant on AM radio last night(that your caller schooled you on btw)had no impact at all. Bipartisan support. Told you, the conserative movement isn't as big as the un-elected(too scared to run for real?)radio leaders want you to believe because it keeps you listening and tuning it. Make'em angry, make'em think they've got power, poke the hornets nest, and then point the finger at someone else. You're playing with fire AM radio and you're gonna FET your listeners in a LOT of trouble. Possibly physical if they get tired of just listening to you and decide to start a civil war based off your nonesense.

    February 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Mike NC

    Great voting job Senate. Give them the right for a congressional vote but repeal their gun laws. I hope they tell you to take your vote and shove it.

    February 26, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Minnesotan

    Oh, the Republicans are going to hate this. They don't like anyone that's not a corporate toady having adequate representation.

    February 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Everyone deserves to be represented!

    February 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Patrick

    It's about time. I've been paying federal taxes without a say in the federal government for two decades. To a lot of people, DC's like Disney Land – not a real place. Some people, like me, actually LIVE here.

    February 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Matthew, Detroit





    It is a City. It has a mayor. Issues are handled within Maryland. It DOES NOT NEED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED.

    Just the Dems always trying to pick up another vote. First a congressional seat and later Jesse Jackson will be calling for 2 senators to be seated. NO NO NO.

    February 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    It is about time.

    Congratulations to the District of Columbia.

    February 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Rick

    Premier Obama's destruction of America continues.

    February 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Gee, amazing, now everyone is finally representated.

    February 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. robert

    why give this to dems. they just want more votes

    February 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Bipartisan

    I am an independent who voted for Obama, but I can't believe the way the Dems that post here turned on Taylor, one of their own. Like a pack of jackals. Everyone has the right to their opinion. But it seems alot of the Dem posters here are very hateful towards anyone who has a slightly different opinion, even one of their own.

    Obama was elected by 52% of voters. That doesn't mean 52% of voters are radical left wing America hating nut jobs like you.

    February 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. walleye

    Why wasnt this done back when our country was founded??? Remember – Taxation without representation is tyranny.

    February 26, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Haven't you noticed yet Bipartisan.
    A fair number (not all) of "Dems" that post here are of a collective mindset. They are on the fringe of Socialism bordering on Communism. What is yours is ours comrade.

    February 26, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. wlou437

    There are 435 members of the House of Representatives apportioned among the states as per the public law of 1911 Two new seats are being created. Does this now mean that other territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, etc. will be lobbying for a vote also? Once you go down this trail of non-states having the right to vote, where does it stop?
    Not sure how Utah, based on population, is entitled to another seat.

    February 26, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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