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Posted at 4:53 PM ET, 04/19/2010

League to say no to D.C. vote bill

By Washington Post editors

The League of Women Voters, which has championed D.C. Voting Rights for the past five decades, announced Monday that it will not support the bill pending before Congress to give the District a vote in Congress because it would also weaken the city's gun laws, says reporter Tim Craig.

Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and Billie Day, president of the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, said in a joint statement they reached their conclusion "reluctantly and sadly, but firmly."

"As an organization that has supported voting rights for the citizens of the District of Columbia for more than 50 years, the League of Women Voters believes that the destruction of D.C.'s gun safety laws is too high of price to pay for the passage of the D.C. Voting Rights Act," the statement said. "Asking citizens to sacrifice their safety in order to have representation in Congress is unacceptable."

Check out the D.C. Wire for more details.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 19, 2010; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  Congress, District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton, League of Women Voters, Washington DC  
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