D.C. Leaders Confident About Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. leaders say they're confident that Congress will pass a bill that would give the District a vote in the U.S. House.

Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., met Thursday with House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi to push for passage next week of a bill that would expand the House by two seats, giving one to D.C. and the other to Utah.

Congressional leaders say it's unlikely that the bill will pass during the lame duck session, but they believe is has an excellent chance early next year in a new, Democrat-controlled Congress.

Bush Calls D.C. Voting Rights 'Unconstitutional'

WASHINGTON - Is the District's push for a full vote in the House of Representatives dead even before it makes it to the White House?

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that President Bush believes it is unconstitutional to give the District a floor vote -- because D.C. is not a state. This is the first time the president has stated a definitive position.

"[The White House] wants to preempt, deter and make sure that very few Republicans at all vote for the bill in the House," says WTOP Political Analyst Mark Plotkin.

Dems to Push D.C. Voting Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill that would give the District a full vote in the U.S. House will come up for a vote there by the end of the month.

The schedule was announced Wednesday by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

It would be the first time the full House has voted on a bill granting the District a voting representative since a statehood measure was defeated in 1993.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton can currently vote in committee but can't vote on passage of bills on the House floor.

Hundreds of D.C. Residents Lobby for Voting Rights

WASHINGTON - The District is as close as its ever been to getting a vote in Congress.

On Thursday, hundreds of D.C. residents went to to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to pass the Davis Bill.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) initiated a bill that would give D.C. a vote in the House of Representatives.

Denying voting rights to D.C. is morally wrong, Davis told hundreds of residents who arrived at Congress to lobby for the bill.

House to Take Up D.C. Voting Rights

CAPITOL HILL - The House Democratic leadership will try again Thursday to get passage of a bill granting the District of Columbia congressional voting rights.

A bill up for consideration would provide the District's delegate full voting privileges. It would grant an additional House seat to Utah until after the 2010 decennial census.

House leaders tried to bring the measure up for a vote last month, but pulled it from consideration after Republicans tried to link the bill to a gun rights measure.

D.C. Voting Rights Goes Before Senate Panel

CAPITOL HILL - The issue of House voting rights for the District goes before a Senate panel Tuesday.
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hear testimony from both Democrats and Republicans on the measure.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Adrian Fenty, Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA), former New York Congressman Jack Kemp and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are among those expected to testify.

UDC Commencement Choice Draws Scrutiny

WASHINGTON - A controversy is brewing around a local college's choice for commencement speaker.

District leaders are questioning the president of the University of the District of Columbia on why he chose HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson to speak at Saturday's graduation ceremony.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Adrian Fenty are concerned because Jackson has reportedly come out against a bill that would give the District a vote in the House of Representatives.

D.C. Vote Bill Hits Senate Bump

WASHINGTON (AP) - Days after being approved by the U.S. House, the D.C. voting rights bill has already hit its first bump in the Senate.

It's chief supporter, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, won't be able to shepherd the bill through committee, at least for now.

Senate leaders have decided that the bill should go through the Finance Committee, rather than Lieberman's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.