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Have a Seat? DC One Row Closer to House Seat and Vote


An argument has been a brewin' for some time in Washington, DC, over the rights of its 600,000 residents. They have a delegate in Congress, but she can't vote. Why? A tiny line in the Constitution says the House of Representatives must be chosen by the people of each state. Sorry, district!

Because DC residents pay federal taxes, they've long decried it as taxation without representation. But all that might change soon. The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the legislation 11 to 1 at its first meeting with the new Congress. Who's the naysayer? Sen. John McCain. Arizona.

Overall, Republicans aren't keen on letting the electric blue district have a vote in the House (because what's next? Two in the Senate?). But nobody's more for it than DC's nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton. To watch Stephen Colbert grill her (and vice versa), read more.


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