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Ann Marimow of the Washington Post is reporting that Democratic leadership plans to bring a D.C. voting rights bill to the House floor “as early as next week.”
The catch: Marimow reports the measure will include some sort of amendment constraining the District’s gun-control laws—-an idea massively unpopular among the city political establishment.
The bill would grant a voting member of Congress to the District for the first time, and heavily Republican Utah would get an additional member until the post-census apportionment is complete.
Writes Marimow: “Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the city’s non-voting House member, said she is still negotiating to try to weaken the gun amendment, but that she is unwilling to sacrifice the opportunity to win a long-sought voting seat for the District by insisting on a stand-alone bill. ‘This is the best chance we’ve had to get a House vote for D.C. in my lifetime,’ Norton said. ‘Nobody would leave it on the table because it’s not at all clear when there will be another chance.'”
Question is, will local politicos, notably Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, line up behind Norton to support a gun-ridered bill? Fenty once expressed support for accepting gun language, but his attorney general, Peter Nickles, has argued vigorously in federal court that the District’s status as national capital demands strong gun control laws.
The announcement comes two days ahead of Emancipation Day,