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Fenty: D.C. Residents Support Voting Rights Even With Gun Amendment

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said he believes that District residents support pushing a voting rights bill through Congress even if it means the city's gun control laws would be weakened by an amendment being offered by gun rights supporters.

In an interview with The Washington Post this week, Fenty (D) said that it would be a "tough call" to accept an amendment to the bill and that he hopes the city "won't have to make that choice."

The voting rights legislation would give the mostly Democratic District a seat in the House and an additional seat for majority Republican Utah. It was pulled from the House floor two weeks ago by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who feared it would be amended. Fenty suggested that gun-related amendments, if adopted with the bill, could be overturned.

"Hopefully, it will be resolved, and I think there's a couple of strategies in play," Fenty said during an interview for "Voices of Power," a series about Washington power players. "But if we had to make that call on a close margin, I do believe a majority of District residents say, 'Give us the vote. Give us the vote, and we hate this gun law, but we'll find a way to get rid of that if necessary."

Read the full story here.

And, click on Voices of Power to hear the mayor's comments on the Obama administration, the recent scandal in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the work of school chancellor Michelle Rhee.

By David A Nakamura  |  March 19, 2009; 10:27 PM ET
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