D.C. Won’t Get a Vote In Congress Anytime Soon
Matt | On 21, Apr 2010
Washington, D.C. was very close to getting a real vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. But, it wasn’t meant to be and Congress shot the bill down. To my D.C. readers, go back to your normal routine of being America’s silenced citizens. Smh..
Here’s what happened in a nutshell. There was a bill in Congress that would have given D.C. two votes in the House of Representatives. Their nonvoting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), supported it along with many members of Congress and 80% of the District. But, an amendment was added this week that would have loosened the District’s strict gun control laws. That’s a big no-no in crime-ridden Washington, D.C. So, Norton had to oppose the bill along with several gun-control advocates in Congress. In the end, many of them could not justify allowing more guns in the District just for a vote in Congress.
For those that aren’t familiar with the District of Columbia, its 600,000 residents live on an island of sorts. They have no say whatsoever in our federal government. The District has no representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and no Senator since they are not a state. They simply vote on affairs pertaining to the District and that’s about it. If you’ve ever been to D.C., you may have seen this license plate that incorporates the “Taxation Without Representation” slogan. You can’t argue with them on that.
So, D.C. is back to square one. No vote, no nothing. If it weren’t for that damn amendment randomly tacked on to the bill, they might have some voting rights. That has really got to suck. How does the federal government require people to pay taxes, but they have no say in the government? I’m sorry, but their high-ass real estate prices alone should buy them some type of vote. They earned that through their bank accounts, if nothing else! Ridiculous…