Senate committee passes D.C. voting rights bill

D.C. residents are one step closer to getting more government representation after a United States Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would give D.C. a voting member in the House of Representatives.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 11-1 to send the bill to the Senate floor for further passage, according to a news release from the committee. If signed into law, the bill would give both D.C. and the Republican-leaning state of Utah and additional representative in the House.

The bill has made it through a Senate committee in the past and still failed to get to the President’s desk, but supporters are confident the bill has a better chance this year with a Democratic majority in Congress and President Barack Obama’s support of the measure. 

“We believe we have the votes and hope that Congress will continue to move quickly to pass this bill. Unlike the more complex issues facing Congress today, passing the D.C. Voting Rights Act is an easy win for the Democratic majority and a monumental victory for the more than half a million Americans living in D.C.,” Ilir Zherka, executive director of D.C. Vote, said in a statement.

A similar bill has been introduced in the House and is still in committee.

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