|March 19, 2007|
NO D.C. VOTING RIGHTS!
Tell Your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1433!
Earlier this year, Democrats attempted to pad their majority by giving certain congressional voting rights to delegates from 5 non-state territories the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. As we predicted, that was just the beginning. Now, they are taking the bold and unconstitutional step of granting full voting rights to the D.C. delegate by voting on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 1433).
Sponsored by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), this bill, scheduled for a vote this Friday, would establish full House of Representatives voting rights for the District of Columbia and add an additional seat to Utah, the next state in line to pick up a Congressional seat in reapportionment. This is an attempt to silence critics of D.C. voting rights, buying them off with a "sure Republican" seat because they know the D.C. seat will be a solid Democrat. This type of trade-off proves this is a partisan move by Democrats wanting to add a permanent Democrat vote to their tallies.
Most importantly, allowing non-state delegates to vote is clearly unconstitutional. The Constitution says the House shall be composed of "Members chosen ... by the People of the several States," not delegates representing non-state territories. The District of Columbia is a federal city, not a state, with final governing authority resting with Congress.
We need your calls today! Even some conservative Republicans, such as Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), are making the mistake of supporting this unconstitutional piece of legislation. Please be sure to call your Representative and make sure he knows to vote NO on D.C. Voting Rights!
Congress will likely vote on the DC Voting Rights this Friday! We need you to make calls today! Urge your Representative to vote NO on DC Voting Rights (H.R. 1433)!
Call Your Representative Today!
Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Further reading: Dems' Unconstitutional Plot to Invent New Congressmen, HumanEvents.com, 3/20/07