D.C. Council to Senate: No Gun Amendments to Voting Rights Bill
The good news is that the Senate seems poised to approve a historic bill that would give the District a seat in the House of Representatives. The bad news is that opponents of the bill are trying to load it down with amendments equally controversial, including one to repeal all of the city's gun control laws.
Now comes the response from D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), chair of the Committee on Public Safety. In a letter to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn), the council members pleaded with them not to allow the gun amendment into the bill.
"It would be ironic in the worst sense that on the eve of this historic vote speaking to representation in the national legislature that an amendment would simultaneously strip away the local legislature's authority to enact laws to control gun violence," they wrote in the letter.
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