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D.C. Vote Bill Delayed Again

A vote on the D.C. Voting Rights bill will be delayed at least several more weeks, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer's office said today.

The bill, which would give a House seat to the District, was not added to next week's schedule and the House will recess for two weeks after that. Hoyer's spokeswoman Stephanie Lundberg said that her boss hopes to bring the bill to the floor after Congress reconvenes in late April.

Hoyer (D-Md.) pulled the bill from the floor three weeks ago over concerns that gun rights supporters would attempt to attach an amendment aimed at weakening the city's gun control laws. Some voting rights supporters, such as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), are lobbying House members to support a legislative manuever that would ban amendments on the bill.

"We're more interested in getting it done right than just getting it done," said Ilir Zherka, executive director for D.C. Vote, an advocacy group.

By David A Nakamura  |  March 26, 2009; 5:46 PM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Sounds like Holmes-Norton ignored Hizzhonor who wanted a vote irrespective of any amendments that came along with it. She, perhaps, understood that you cannot go back and change an amendment once it has been passed.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 26, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, too bad "Hizzhonor" is not around to help lobby this. Maybe he is on another Middle Eastern vacation; his schedule says "no events planned" anyway.

Oh. Voting rights for DC would be unconstitutional. Don't waste your time.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 26, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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