Taxation without Representation
September 19, 2007 6:06 PM Subscribe
Senate kills bill to give D.C. representation
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Yesterday the U.S. Senate denied a cloture motion on a bill to allow the District of Columbia
two voting U.S. Senators. Facts, the District has a population of 581,530 to Wyoming's 515,004
. The district has no representation in the senate, and can only send a single representative
to the house, who cannot vote.
Washington, D.C. is predominantly black and overwhelmingly democratic. President Bush had threatened to veto if the bill had passed, but his threat was largely ceremonial - the bill needed 60 votes for cloture anyway. The vote was 57-42, largely along party lines. Most Republicans claimed that the bill was "clearly and unambiguously unconstitutional
," though eight members of the G.O.P. voted for it anyway, led by former Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp.