Mayor Gray Protests Plan to Strip Norton of Her Vote in Congress

Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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Mayor Gray Protests Plan to Strip Norton of Her Vote in Congress

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Mayor Vincent Gray

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Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and advocates for the city are protesting a Republican plan to take away power from the District's sole representative in Congress.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's delegate to Congress, has never been a full voting member of the House. But under Democratic control, Norton has been allowed to vote in the House Committee of the Whole. That allowed her to vote on proposed changes to legislation, though not on its passage.

New rules being considered Wednesday when a Republican-controlled Congress reconvenes would strip the Democrat of her vote in that committee.

On Tuesday, Gray and Norton joined the advocacy group D.C. Vote on Capitol Hill to protest the new rules.

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