Hoyer: D.C. Voting Rights Bill Unlikely This Week
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md) said today that the D.C. Voting Rights bill is unlikely to return to the House floor this week, after being pulled from consideration last week. He added that congressional officials are still struggling with how to pass the bill without an amendment that would also repeal most of the city's local gun-control laws.
"I think we're making some progress on creating a consensus on how to get this done," Hoyer told reporters at his weekly news conference.
Hoyer declined to give details about possible compromises being discussed with lawmakers, District officials and D.C. vote advocates, and would not speculate on how long it would take to reach an agreement. He said that the D.C. vote measure had enough support to pass the House--but so did the amendment.
"We will pass D.C vote this year through the House of Representatives and a bill will go to the president," he vowed.
Supporters had expected the bill to pass the House last week, after clearing the Senate the previous week. But the process bogged down over an effort by the National Rifle Association and pro-gun lawmakers to attach language to the bill weakening D.C. gun regulations.
David A Nakamura
March 10, 2009; 12:28 PM ET
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