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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.

By David A Nakamura  |  March 10, 2009; 12:28 PM ET
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Welcome to America, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer! Good luck in getting that Voting Rights bill passed w/o the gun legislation. The more important issue to the common man is the right to keep and bear arms. Once everybody realizes the entire U.S. Constitution applies to any jurisdiction in the USA; then D.C. will be able to start the process of getting its voting rights...not one moment sooner.

Posted by: civilrightist | March 10, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, so our constitutional rights are only important in regards to guns? What about our constitutional right to representation? What about our right to self-governance? They are trying to do away with gun limits that all other states have, even Virgina. We can't go around the world preaching democracy when 600k of our citizens have no democracy themselves. The "common man" doesn't care, this is the NRA and spineless Congressmen that can't pull this stuff in their home districts so they do it to us.

Posted by: rockotodd | March 10, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

rockotodd: DC has NO right to self-governance or right to representation under the U.S. Constitution. DC does have a right to the 2nd amendment. Let's fix what is broke then we will look for upgrades.

Posted by: civilrightist | March 10, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Weird because I thought the founding fathers didn't like being subjugated to the whims of parliament but maybe my history teacher was wrong. And don't give me the BS about D.C. not being "of the states", there are more parts in the constitution (and general federal law) that treat D.C. like a state than specifically prohibit D.C. from getting the rights of states. If we don't get representation then we shouldn't be taxed... remember the battle cry of "No taxation without representation", did that only matter in 1776?

How is it 'fixing what is broken' if even gun-toting Virgina would have more gun limits than is being forced on D.C.?

And BTW, we have a "well regulated Militia" that has the right to bear arms..its called the D.C. National Guard.

Posted by: rockotodd | March 10, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Here's how to get the DC House Vote through Congress:

Posted by: MikeLicht | March 10, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

civilrightist: How can you say that a city of 600k people who pay Federal taxes have no right or representation? You can not have it both ways. Either stop taxing us or give us representation. I seem to recall the last time we were taxed without representation, we broke away from is this stillo being allowed to happen?

Posted by: robertjones28 | March 15, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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