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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OpenCongress Summary

This bill seeks to make the District of Columbia a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives of the 112th Congress and in each succeeding cycle. It states that with regards to appointing members to the House, D.C. would behave as a state and that the membership of the house would thus increase from 435 to 437 members. It also calls for expedited judicial review in the event that the act’s constitutionality is called into question. This bill is similar to the Senate’s version of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009, although the latter has a much broader scope. (Click here to see the differences.)
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Official Summary

District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 - Considers the District of Columbia a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress and each succeeding Congress. Applies to the District in the same manner as it applies to a

Official Summary

District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009 - Considers the District of Columbia a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress and each succeeding Congress. Applies to the District in the same manner as it applies to a state the federal law providing for the 15th and subsequent decennial censuses and for apportionment of Representatives in Congress. Limits the District to one Member under any reapportionment of Members. Modifies the formula regarding the number of presidential electors to subject it to the 23rd amendment to the Constitution in the case of the District. Increases membership of the House from 435 to 437 Members. Provides for a reapportionment of Members resulting from such increase. Directs the Clerk of the House to:
(1) certify to the Governor of each state the number of Representatives to which the state is entitled; and
(2) identify to the Speaker of the House the state (other than the District of Columbia) entitled to one additional Representative. Requires election at large of such additional Representative. Sets forth procedures for expedited judicial review of any action brought to challenge the constitutionality of any provision of this Act or any amendment made by it.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.157

  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • American Bar Association
  • League of Women Voters
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Civil Rights Coalition
  • American Ethical Union
  • ...and 9 more. See all.

Organizations Opposing H.R.157

  • DC Statehood Green Party
  • Eagle Forum




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