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”