February 26th, 2009
04:40 PM ET
11 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. Matt

    This is so unconstitutional it is not even funny. Being a resident of Maryland and considering the land of DC was stolen from Maryland without any payment for the theft. The land was not ment to be lived in to begin with. So if these DC residents want representation the solution is really simple.

    Your land goes back to Maryland, Your taxes go back to Maryland, your representation is in Maryland. All land not used by the Federal Government for federal needs should go back to Maryland. You can be a county in Maryland right next to Prince Georges. You are not a state and do not deserve those rights. You do not need representation you just need a new license plate.

    February 26, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. ED

    JOHNMCCAIN February 26th, 2009 8:56 pm ET
    What is the big thing about the "Constitution"??? Most of its segments are so outdated that it's not funny!
    REALLY! What would you suggest as an alternative - the Communist Manifesto? YOU have no idea what you're talking about, schmo! But let's see - you want to get rid of the "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all"?

    OR? JUST WHAT would be YOUR alternative, you-who-have-the-audacity-to-call-yourself "John McCain" -YOU-who-have-likely-NEVER- served-your- country-because-that-is-"not-convenient"-so-much-more-fun-to-sit-in front-of-the-tube-and-complain-that-is-YOU-and-I-don't-buy-any-of-what-YOU-say–YOU!

    February 26, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. ED

    Henry Miller, Cary, NC February 26th, 2009 8:41 pm ET
    "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."

    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!! Is anyone listening? SOMEBODY better be listening! Because WE ARE NOW HERE!

    February 26, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Carl

    To those of you that need some education on this:

    air force bases
    army bases
    Washington D.C.

    federal districts in the country.... so by giving D.C. a vote in the House, this means that Fort Hood should get a vote as well, along with other military bases around the country.

    February 26, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. steve Loudon, TN

    here it goes again the race card, poor babies.....the district was never meant to be a state. But who knew how it would grow....divide it into VA or Maryland etc. But rather than a legal arguement we hear racial invective and hate...we won is the mantra....Sorry, you lose. bet on it.

    February 26, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. arithmetic is liberal

    That's funny, malclave since I take the opportunity to criticize liberals on here when called for. Selective reading, much?

    February 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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