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DC vote bill advances in Senate

The people of the District of Columbia were closer Tuesday to gaining the voting rights they were deprived of more than two centuries ago after the Senate agreed to take up a bill giving them a fully vested representative in Congress.

The Senate vote to debate the bill sets the stage for more legislative hurdles and a probable court challenge if the bill is enacted into law. But with the Senate action, D.C.'s 600,000 residents have their best chance of securing a real voice in Congress since a proposed constitutional amendment to enfranchise the federal capital failed a quarter-century ago.

"All lights are on go. There can be no turning back now," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district's nonvoting delegate in the House since 1991.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the vote was "a very big step toward addressing a wrong that has been going on for centuries." Congress, in enacting an 1801 law defining congressional jurisdiction over the new capital, did not provide district residents with a vote.

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A interesting quote from Judy Wilson at the end of the article - "It's a shame a sophisticated country as America is bound by something that was written eons ago "
I guess she feels kings,queens and dictators are okay,with these they are ever changing and not bound by some outdated document.Being a slave to government is fine also by her ideals.

The problem with this,YOU HAVE TO BE A STATE TO HAVE REPRESENTATION!!!
Article. I. Section. 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States...

Article. I. Section. 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State...

Article. IV. Section. 3. -New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

The seat of the federal government has already been established and Maryland does not have jurisdiction over DC.

Article. I. Section. 8 - ...To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such
District (not exceeding ten Miles square)
as may, by Cession of
particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of
the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over
all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in
which the Same shall be
, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals,
dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings

The problem today is that DC has grown(68 sq. miles) and should not have exceeded 10 square miles.
It's been well established and if you want representation I suggest the people of DC move.
They need to get back to adhering to the constitution.