Taxation Almost With Representation

A few hours ago a Senate Committee (US) approved a bill today that would FINALLY give the District of Columbia its first full seat in the House of Representatives. If it passes the House (US) like it has on previous attempts it would permanently and fully seat the Representative of DC.

When the bill came up in committee with the 12 senators of the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee’s first order of business, it easily passes with only one member voting “No”. That vote came from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Some individuals may want to side with Mr. McCain on this one based on pure political reasons. Despite those rationalizations I think it’s only fair that the District of Columbia has the same legislative representations as… let’s say Texas. Disagree if you like, but when you strip political ideology out of it, I see no reason why they shouldn’t have a full vote.

References & Inspirations
The Washington Post – 02/11/09 “D.C. Voting Rights Passed by Senate Committee

3 thoughts on “Taxation Almost With Representation

  1. Hmmm…another interesting post, Tim. The Pros and Cons surrounding this issue has been tossed around for many years now, so whatwith the House’s anticipated passage at least there’s a sense of permanent representation for the American citizens who just happen to live in our nation’s capital.

    Enjoy reading your content, Tim. Keep these thought-provoking posts coming sir.

  2. As always an interesting post …. on this issue I agree with Senator McCain simply based on the Constitution – certainly not any political party.

    Section 2 – The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

    The last I checked, DC is not a state.

    And the 23rd Amendment
    The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State

    Again eluding to DC is not a state.

    President Obama swore to uphold the Constitution, which to me says veto.

  3. I think that they should have one seat in the House, However I also think it should take a Constitutional Amendment to have it happen.
    Also one problem is what happens if there is a tie 218-218..Who breaks the tie.

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