The Senate brought DC one step closer to the ballot box by clearing a procedural hurdle placed in the way of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 (S. 160). 62 Senators cast votes in favor of moving this bill forward. By the end of the week, it may very well be in the hands of the House. Then it’s on to the President’s desk. President Obama is a strong supporter of DC voting rights and a former cosponsor of the bill, which would give DC a full Representative with the same voting power as other House members.
For decades, the liberals and non-whites have been trying to get it where there will be a representative in the U.S. House and eventually the U.S. Senate from the District of Columbia. But the problem is that the founding fathers did not want D.C. to have any representation in the House or the Senate because it was not a state. However, as more and more people moved into D.C., the non-white population exploded. Now D.C. is a non-white city, and has been for many years. As a result, liberals wanted more non-white representation in the House and the Senate, and figured that if D.C. will be able to have a "vote" in the House or the Senate, it will be a non-white representative. I have added what the bill is titled, and the sponsor of the bill (Sen. Leiberman, a Jewish liberal who happens to be good friends to John Amnesty (I'm sorry John McCain), and his fellow co-sponsors.
Title: A bill to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives. Sponsor: Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (19) Related Bills: H.R.157, H.R.665 Latest Major Action: 3/2/2009 Held at the desk.
COSPONSORS(19), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)
Sen Carper, Thomas R. [DE] - 1/7/2009
Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] - 1/6/2009
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] - 1/6/2009
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 1/6/2009
Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] - 1/6/2009
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] - 2/25/2009
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] - 1/6/2009
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA] - 1/6/2009
Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] - 1/6/2009
Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] - 1/7/2009
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] - 2/23/2009
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] - 1/6/2009
Sen Levin, Carl [MI] - 2/11/2009
Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] - 1/7/2009
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] - 1/12/2009
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] - 1/6/2009
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] - 2/24/2009
Sen Specter, Arlen [PA] - 2/23/2009
Sen Voinovich, George V. [OH] - 2/11/2009
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