|April 16, 2007|
|On Thursday, April 19, the House passed the DC Voting Rights bill (H.R. 1905) by a vote of 241-177 (Roll Call 231). The bill will now move to the Senate, where we will continue to need your calls to oppose it.|
D.C. VOTING RIGHTS RISE AGAIN!
Tell Your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1433!
Just last month, Democrats tried to push through their second unconstitutional power grab in the House of Representatives by bringing H.R. 1905, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act to the floor for a vote. This bill, sponsored by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), would establish full voting rights for D.C.
By a masterful use of House rules, House Republican Leaders, led by Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), offered a motion to recommit (a procedural motion to amend the bill and send it back to the originating committee, effectively killing the bill) which would have added a repeal of the D.C. gun ban to the D.C. voting rights bill. Democrats were caught off guard and pulled the bill from the floor to avoid a sticky vote on gun rights, which many newly elected Democrats have pledged to support.
Democrats have now regrouped and we are now hearing that the bill could come up anytime this week for a vote on the House floor. For more information on this bill see our earlier alert.
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!
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