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Vote React: Kwame Brown

From Feb. 26:

Today, the United States Senate passed the DC Voting Rights Act (S.160) by a vote of 61 to 37. The legislation was authored by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and overcame several hurdles before passing, including a filibuster, a constitutional point of order and multiple hostile amendments. An amendment to repeal the District's gun laws was approved before the final vote, which is a major concern to Councilmember Brown.

"We have come a long way for voting rights in the District," said Councilmember Brown. "I want to thank the Senators who supported the legislation, especially the authors who made a bipartisan statement that is reflective of the kind of change we need. My only hope is that when the House passes the legislation that the gun amendment is taken out in conference. It just proves how badly we need full representation in the District. Until we have that, members like Senator Ensign will continue to use the District as their personal laboratory."

Yesterday, the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), passed the House version of the legislation. The House is expected to take the bill up for a floor vote as early as next week. Councilmember Brown was grateful to Congressman Conyers and the committee for expediting the bill to the House floor.

By Marcia Davis  |  February 27, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Voting Rights  
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