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Thanks to the folks at DCist for putting the heat on Republican Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Az.), for saying the following in Senate proceedings on the D.C. voting rights issue:
“The District does not lack for representation in Congress. It actually already has representatives in Congress, 100 Senators and 435 House members, all of whom, under the Constitution itself, have the jurisdiction and indeed the obligation to provide for the general welfare of the residents of the District of Columbia.”
And how thoroughly that setup has enfranchised us D.C. residents!
To hold Kyl to his word, DCist posted the senator’s contact information, urging everyone to pummel him with constituent-service requests, and one citizen even got a response. The Kyl people referred this person to D.C. congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. Yeah, delegate, as in no voting power.