The DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 157) is currently sitting in limbo, hung up over controversial amendments. The bill has been removed from the floor, further delaying the vote that the citizens of the District deserve.
This week DC Vote began to run a new series of ads with the line: “D.C.’s rights held hostage.”
The entire episode shows why D.C. desperately needs a vote. Congress shouldn’t be passing laws for D.C. without the input and consent of Washingtonians. And on the issue of guns, it appears Congress and the District are at odds:
“[DC Mayor Adrian] Fenty said that if the city secured a House vote, it would give the District more power to fight laws it doesn’t agree with, “such as getting rid of the amendment.”
We must pass the D.C. Voting Rights Act as a clean bill, and every day that passes until then is another day of injustice and disenfranchisement—“taxation without representation”—for the residents of our nation’s capital.