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Pressing Ahead on Voting Rights

The pursuit of D.C. voting rights continues on The Hill. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was among those who attended a subcomittee hearing yesterday, as Mary Beth Sheridan reports in The Washihgton Post this morning.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton remains the leading lobbyist for the effort and has put a lot of the District's eggs in President Barack Obama's basket. The president has said he supports voting rights, though no one can argue that he might be a little distracted these days.

Norton's optimism is unyielding, and she got another boost yesterday from the testimony of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has pledged to get a vote to the House floor soon.

Fenty released the following statement last night.

"Ensuring that residents of the District of Columbia are granted the rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution has been an ongoing effort and a top priority for my administration. Today's hearing on H.R. 157 "District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act if 2009" further illustrated the great injustice that has plagued District residents for far too long. I am confident that the bill will be met with great support in the House of Representatives, putting the District one step closer to achieving full voting rights."

By Marcia Davis  |  January 28, 2009; 7:26 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Equality, Nothing More; Equality,, Nothing Less!

Posted by: citizenw | January 28, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Not only should DC get a vote in Congress, but the proposed ammendment to the Constitution being offered by my Senator Feingold on special elections for Senators and a proposal that I put forward on the direct election of the President and VP and the disolving of the electoral college go thru too.

Posted by: hobsry7350 | January 28, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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