Senate Derails DC's Bid for a House Seat

GOP blocks bill to give capital city voting rights in Congress

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 19, 2007 8:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Residents of the nation's capital will remain without a Congressional representative after a measure that would have given them a House seat stalled in the Senate. Supporters fell three votes short on the most promising effort in 30 years, the Washington Post reports, and the bill is unlikely to come up again this session. "We have not given up," said one backer.

The measure that stalled had been a compromise between the two parties. DC, which is heavily Democratic, would have gotten one House seat and heavily Republican Utah another. Mitch McConnell says the GOP's rationale for killing the measure was simple: The Constitution says only states get congressional representatives, and DC isn't a state. Supporters, though, say it's a civil rights issue.

The U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument, rear left, are illuminated as fireworks explode, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
The U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument, rear left, are illuminated as fireworks explode, Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)   (Associated Press)
With the Washington Monument in the background, cherry blossoms are covered in snow after a spring storm brought snow to the area Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
With the Washington Monument in the background, cherry blossoms are covered in snow after a spring storm brought snow to the area Saturday, April 7, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   (Associated Press)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)   (Associated Press)
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