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. Robert

    @ walleye – "this wasn't done when our conuty was founded" because the Founding Fathers never dreamed that people would "live" in D.C. Remember, at that point in time, and even up until the Civil War, people had a stronger allegence to the State where they were born than they did to the newly formed "United States" of America.

    February 26, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Jackie in Dallas

    Finally! I cannot believe it has taken this long for our country to recognize that the District of Columbia deserves a vote in Congress! They still don't get a vote in the Senate, but one step at a time! These people support the workings of our government and pay taxes, but have had no representation! Gee whiz, guys, one of the cries of our Founding Fathers was "No taxation without representation"!

    And it is time for Puerto Rico, the American Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam to have some sort of representation, as well. They ARE, after all, territories of the US, sometimes administratively considered states (thanks to President Bush Sr.) and do have some representation in both political parties. Thanks to Woodrow Wilson, Puerto Ricans, at least, are considered U.S. citizens.

    February 26, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. TjayeInLA

    It's about doggone time!!!

    February 26, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Matt in MN

    So just how exactly is it that Utah is going to pick up another seat, outside of a census year?

    I don't really have an issue with DC getting a seat in the senate, and full rights in the house, but Utah picking up another this way seems, very wrong.

    We have the census in 2010, seats in the house will be adjusted after that, as they always are after the Census, so why the rush to get an extra one in now?

    February 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    Hooray! About time! Well past time, in fact. Welcome to the Union, D.C. citizens!

    February 26, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Matt

    Bipartisan- You just figured that out today? This has been going on since he ran against Hillary. I guess the only term to describe that element is Neo Liberal. But Fascist fits as well. Notice how when Clinton was elected he never blamed Bush 41 for the problems he "inherited" same as Bush 43 did not blame Clinton for his mistakes that he inherited. Barack on the other hand likes to cast stones because he feels he was clean when everyone else got dirty. Since he had such a lousy voting record as a do nothing Senator he thinks he is above the fray.

    Barack did not inherit anything. He asked for it and we gave it to him. Now he needs to act less like a whining baby and suck it up and accept his part in being responsible for this mess as well. His party has been running us in the ground for 2 years now and his party also has been in control of Congress for 32 out of 40 years.

    His excuses have run out. It is now his problem and his burden. This just goes to shoe that you can get what you want and still not be satisfied.

    February 26, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Long over due!!!

    February 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Shan

    Remember when Mrs. Obama said she was finally proud of America? I think a lot of us are feeling exactly the opposite. Get your heads out of your arses, you pathetic politicians, before you have nothing to stand proudly /for/.

    February 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Good for Utah....at least it's a state that has some solid moral values...

    At this point it's too bad the common citizen couldn't cast their personal vote for the stimulus....it just behooves me that any idiot Repub would be against helping their constitues through the unemployement extension........gosh...some days I swear I smell mutiny in the Repub party....please..start talking with some of the younger folks....and prioritize your battle plan where it makes sense.

    February 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. arithmetic is liberal

    I find it hilarious that someone called "Bipartisan" is convinvced that the left wing hates America.

    I have never met people who love their country more than the "left wing", who work so ferociously to make sure that ALL Americans, not just religious white ones who wrap themselves in the flag, can have a part in America.

    February 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Nick

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

    Because it's not a state. And the capital was in other cities.

    February 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. alex

    FINALLY- DC has been the home of Democracy for years, but we are only now a part of it

    February 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. cedgar

    I can only hope that the US Supreme Court over rules this.
    One question to any one that disagrees Have you read the Constitution?
    This is not the process. The Senator's took a oath to up hold the Constitution. This just shows me they have no honor and do not
    up hold their oath's. This is not a Dem or Rep problem but a
    American problem.

    February 26, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Jon

    "Radical left wing America hating nut jobs"? That gains you tons of credibility, thanks.

    February 26, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. bob j

    amen its about time

    February 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Not even a state. It's just a liberal mecca.

    February 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Uh.. isn't this unconstitutional as covered in Section 2?

    Section 2:

    "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States,..."

    D. C. is not a state, therefore, it can't have a representative. This requires an amendment, not a vote in the House and Senate.

    February 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Robert Marcil

    As outlined in the Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 editorial page :
    " The District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act language runs afoul of the plain language of the Constitution, which provides that House members shall be chosen "by the People of the several States" and stipulates that the District of Columbia is not a state. In 1960, Congress proposed a Constitutional amendment giving residents of the capital the right to vote for President. The 23rd Amendment was ratified the following year. The District already sends a nonvoting delegate to the House, but if Congress wishes to grant it full representation, it should do so by amending, not ignoring, the Constitution"
    This type of Dictatorial Change is not representative of the principles of democracy that our Republic (nation) was founded upon.
    This is a far cry from the new, bipartisanship someone ran their campaign platform upon!
    We all need to stand-up for our rights under the Constitution!

    February 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. GuyInVA

    Unconstitutional. But when has that mattered? The Lautenberg Amendment and the Defense of Marriage Act are as well. Yet, they are accepted as settled law.

    By the way Bipartisan, regarding the Taylor article, I notice this article has been open for comment for almost an hour and a half. The Taylor article (a democrat being critical of the president) closed a bit more quickly.

    February 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. ray ray

    Gee – I wonder why a Democratic President and Dem-controlled Congress would want to create NEW voting rights for a heavily populated by democrats????

    February 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Kudos Mr. President, Kudos

    As a native Washingtonian, I can't tell you how happy this makes me. Our soldiers blood have been shed in every war. We've had taxation without representation for years, and only started voting for the president in 1961.

    So I congratulate this president on doing a fine job. He will have my vote in 2012.

    February 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. How to disarm the Taliban: Tax Cuts!

    This is awesome because now Stephen Colbert gets the key to the city. LOL

    February 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Ron in TX

    Two more taxpayer credit cards about to be issued. I cannot afford any more government. I did not vote for Democrats or Republicans but third party candidates the last wto election cycles. Throw out all the bums while we can. Hurry.

    February 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Hail To Washingtonians

    Hail to Washingtonians
    Hail Victory
    Citizens on the warpath
    Fight for old D.C.

    February 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Ron in TX

    I agree with walleye stating "Taxation without representation is tyranny." Frankly I am not happy about "Taxation with representation" either. Now what?

    February 26, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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