H.R.157 - District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009

To provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: To provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 as reported to house.

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  • ChrisDuggan 04/28/2009 10:51am

    I live and work in the District of Columbia and am in full support of this. Another option would be to stop requiring DC residents to pay Federal taxes. Taxation without representation is un-American.

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    bdougherty 04/28/2009 12:23pm

    It might be un-American (I don’t happen to think that is), but it is Constitutional.

    Article 1, Section 2, Clause 1:

    “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. "

    I’m not against giving residents of DC a vote in Congress, but a law to do it is unconstitutional (DC is not a state, and therefore does not have a State Legislature). There are at least two of ways to do this while working inside the Constitution: 1) Amend the Constitution. 2) Cede the residential areas of DC into a State or States.

  • wwasher 05/02/2009 8:18am

    The southern half of D.C. was returned to the state of Virgina. Do the same with the northern half, except for a Federal Enclave, and return it to Maryland. Then this issue would go away.

  • jeremy_neel 07/17/2009 1:36pm

    I support the cession of most of the District back to Maryland, but first the state legislature of Maryland has to agree to it. The federal government cannot force a state to take new lands.
    Once that bit is done, all that has to remain in the District is the Capitol and perhaps Congress’ office buildings, the White House, and the Supreme Court.
    I do however, support HOUSE voting representation for every American citizen and an Electoral College voting representation equal to those Americans’ Congressional representation. I believe the citizens currently living in D.C. should be represented in the House regardless of whether it is a D.C. congressman or a Maryland congressman that does it, but the 3 electoral votes that the District controls should be reduced to that number of Congressmen, which as of the 2000 Census, should result in 1 voting member of the U.S. House and, thus, 1 electoral vote.

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    jeremy_neel 07/17/2009 1:38pm

    Just to clarify, I do realize that this law is unconstitutional and an Amendment is required in lieu of cession to Maryland.


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