Norton Introduces 2 D.C. Voting-Rights Bills

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 6:25 PM EDT
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Norton Introduces 2 D.C. Voting-Rights Bills

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U.S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced two bills that would give the city voting representation on Capitol Hill.

One bill introduced Wednesday would give the District two U.S. senators and a House member. The other would give the city just a House member.

Norton also introduced a bill last week that would make the District the nation's 51st state.

None of the bills is expected to go anywhere in the Republican-led house. The voting-rights bills have several co-sponsors, all of them Democrats.

The District came close to getting a voting House member in 2009, but House Democrats decided not to bring it up for a vote because of an amendment that would have struck down the District's strict gun control laws.

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