February 26th, 2009
04:40 PM ET
6 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. Dameun

    So sad that the white racists conservative pigs still don't understand the spirit of the constitution and what this country was founded on. If it were up to most of them, non-whites would all be slaves and have no rights whatsoever.

    How ignorant you all are.

    February 26, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. just dallas

    @ Rick & Nobama your overreaching you must be a republican

    February 26, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. just dallas

    @ Mark DC is under congress and it was congress who decided in the 21st century not the 16th century that DC should have a vote. We really need to pick and choose what's an issue and not an issue.

    February 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Vera

    Will they wait till after "The One" is re-elected to change the amount of times one can run for president back to unlimited, or will they do it now (when they know they have the numbers to push anything they want through)?

    February 26, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Dameun

    So sad that the white racists conservative pigs still don't understand the spirit of the constitution and what this country was founded on.

    Oh and most puerto ricans would rather not even be a territory let alone a state. The citizens of DC have been fighting for this for decades.

    And in regards to the founding fathers, they probably didn't imagine the growth of the district and all of the issues that might arise.

    I am so sic of these people who live in their little white world who don't actually read the constitution let alone bills that come up for votes.

    Here's a tip: learn to think for yourself, travel outside your trailor park or cul de sac.

    February 26, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Nobama

    Dameun says

    "So sad that the white racists conservative pigs still don't understand the spirit of the constitution and what this country was founded on. If it were up to most of them, non-whites would all be slaves and have no rights whatsoever."

    Preach it, Reverend Wright!!

    February 26, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. arithmetic is liberal

    Bob in Pa February 26th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

    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.

    Aaaahahahahaha!!! You're really serious?! This wasn't sarcasm?!

    That's rich coming from a group of people who insist that everyone look the same, dress the same, worship the same, think the same, and vote the same. Not to mention that those of your political persuasion have a penchant for worshipping bloviating demagogues who champion all but 1% having the same share in power in this country: NOTHING.

    February 26, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. EC

    THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU!

    It's about dam time if you ask me. It's really funny that NOTHING, and I mean nothing was accomplished during the Bush years. WHERE the hell was the Republicans. We're they all in a comma for eight years? NOW....they can't seem to shut up about everything and anything..... ugggghhh.

    February 26, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. No Vaseline

    Wow, Rethuglican haters out in full force, aren't they?

    February 26, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. ray ray

    IT FIGURES!!!

    The city with the countries WORST public schools fail to understand the Constitution.

    February 26, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. Put Up or Shut Up

    Dear Mathew of Detroit:

    Let me get this straight, you're saying that over 650 thousand people should not have a voice in Congress because they are not voting the way YOU want them to vote. Who the he#@ are you?

    If you think you're God, then give up your vote in Congress, and see how you like it. And by the way, why are you sitting at home, you should be on the battlefield the same as hundreds, maybe thousands of American soldiers FROM D.C. who are fighting at this very minute and putting their lives on the line for YOU, even though they don't have a vote in Congress.

    Put your liver-lipped mouth where your money is and high tail it to Iraq, you lizard.

    February 26, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Jan NY

    TO Bipartisan February 26th, 2009 7:34 pm ET
    @ Ray FisherHey I support Obama too, man. But jeez, it almost sounds like you want to make out with him***.That was low as you can go****So a Man think it So is He****IDIOT !!!!

    February 26, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. america first

    Our President offers us HOPE, HEALTH BENEFITS, BETTER EDUACATION FOR OUR CHILDREN, A PLAN TO GET OUR ECONOMY GOING AGAIN,__________________________, on the other hand the REPUBLICANS OFFER US, HATE GROUPS, MORE RACISUM, NEGATIVE ON EVERYTHING OUR PRESIDENT PUTS BEFORE THEM, RUSH, PALIN, FOX NEWS, need i say more.

    February 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    *starts the slow clap for Put Up or Shut Up*

    February 26, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. annie - Palin 2012

    just one more plan to destroy the USA – what does bo get when the destruction is complete?

    February 26, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  16. Brian

    Yeah, why should DC have the right vote, I mean after all DC residents never send their sons and daughters to fight so why should they have a say in weather or not the US goes to war. DC residents never pay taxes (except the second highest per capita federal income taxes in the country). And considering that DC residents are all infertile, there is no need to allow them to have a say in the federal policies dictating their children's educational policy. I could keep going but I won't.

    People throw around terms like unconsititional when talking about this topic....and they're right, its unconsititional not too mention disgracefull to disinfranchize nearly 600,000 American citizens (a population greater than that of Wyoming).

    Lastly, I wonder if the poeple that are nay-saying the DC voting rights issue now would have said the same thing with respect to women or African Americans when the very same issue was in the limelight sadly not too long ago in the history of the US.

    February 26, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  17. BT

    Nobama February 26th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

    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.
    ///

    I hope you sent a letter to your senator and congressman about this and oh yeah, don't forget to include Bush's "Patriot Act". Talk about losing one's FREEDOM and LIBERTY!

    February 26, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Hey, Ron, the problem with "Taxation with representation" is, as a guy named Tytler may have said, is:

    "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."

    February 26, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. malclave

    And glad to see that the libbies here are still celebrating their hatred.

    Why the hell does CNN allow them to rant on and offer nothing but insults, but refuse to approve commetns criticizing them?

    CNN... the most disgusting name in network news.

    February 26, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. JUSTICE

    THE REPUBLICANS FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS MANIPULATED THE POLLING SYSTEM TO STACK THE DECK AND SUPPRESS VOTER TURN OUT.

    IT'S ABOUT TIME WE HAVE A PARTY IN OFFICE THAT REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE AND WHO WANTS ALL THE PEOPLE TO VOTE.

    February 26, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Steph

    No taxation without representation. Simple as that!

    February 26, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. Vera

    @Jan NY
    ****So a Man think it So is He****
    ---------------------
    That's not english. Is it ebonics, or Obamics?

    February 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. JOHNMCCAIN

    What is the big thing about the "Constitution"??? Most of its segments are so outdated that it's not funny! How in 2009 people say that "it is not in the Constitution..?" It then gave a guidance to establish a country. For so long after they declaired that everyone has equal rights, slavery existed and women had no rights. Thanks, Constitution, why no one then complained? Because probably that was the caracteristics of those times. Now, in 2009 still claim the literal words of that documentum is plain ignorant and silly. Remember, now, depending on one's political views, hate or vote for the voting rights of DC. Back then, what "everyone is equal" meant only white people. And again, women were not considered full person either.
    Conservatives, go with the times, it is 2009!!!

    February 26, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Focus People.....

    Way to stay on topic malclave...

    February 26, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Mark 31

    I see a lot of back and forth bickering here for no reason. Facts need to be looked at from both angles, not opinion.

    First of all, YES, it is unconstitutional for any territory to have a vote in Congress unless it is a state, as defined by the constitution. D.C. you are the read headed step-child in this one.

    However, It is also unconstitutional to deny U.S. citizens the right to vote.

    Here and now, I will solve both problems at once... Maryland, you have now annexed the District of Columbia ... That was easy.

    D.C. residents, you now live in the state of Maryland and you have representation, therefore, the US.gov can now tax the crap out of you AND feel good about it at the same time.... Happy?

    February 26, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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