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.
One word describes this bill. UNCONSTITUTIONAL
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.
The disctrict has a high percentage of minorities among its citizentry.
Let the racists begin to howl in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ....
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
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.
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.
Common (and LEGAL) sense comes to the politicians !!
Another violation of the U.S. Constitution! OMG the founding fathers turn in their graves...
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.
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??
So will Puerto Rico be next?
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.
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.
Oh, the Republicans are going to hate this. They don't like anyone that's not a corporate toady having adequate representation.
Everyone deserves to be represented!
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.
IT IS NOT A STATE.
IT DOES NOT DESERVE VOTING RIGHTS.
IT WAS DESIGNED BY OUR FOREFATHERS AND SHOULD NOT BE
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.
It is about time.
Congratulations to the District of Columbia.
Premier Obama's destruction of America continues.
Gee, amazing, now everyone is finally representated.
why give this to dems. they just want more votes
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.
Why wasnt this done back when our country was founded??? Remember – Taxation without representation is tyranny.
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.
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.