Thursday, February 12, 2009

No Promises, But Voting Rights Bill Off to a Good Start

We're nowhere near attaining statehood. That's another issue entirely. But it's related to the subject matter. Yes, the biennial (happens with each new Congress) push for D.C. Congressional voting privileges has begun anew and we're off to a good start. The Senate committee which oversees the District's goings-on voted to advance a bill which would give the District a voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill would permanently add two voting members to the House, bringing the total to 437. The additional seat would go to the state next in line according to recent population increases; Utah. However, Congressional voting districts will be redrawn and reapportioned after the 2010 Census, so Utah may not hold on to the extra seat for long. D.C. would keep its seat no mater what the outcome of the Census. There are plenty of pros and cons to this bill, but moving it along this early in the Congressional session is a good thing.