A vote in the House of Representatives to grant D.C. two congressman, was easily passed by Democrats who know D.C. will always vote left.
D.C. residents have been fighting for voting rights since 1801, when Congress took control of the newly created capital. It wasn’t until 1964 that residents were able to cast presidential ballots, and it took nearly another decade for Congress to pass the Home Rule Act, allowing for the direct election of the mayor and other city officials.
Yet a full vote on Capitol Hill has been elusive. Although the district has elected a representative since the 1970s, that House delegate can only vote in committees.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley sympathizes with the plight of D.C. residents, but insists the measure is “flagrantly unconstitutional” and ultimately doomed.
“What these (lawmakers) are doing is extremely dangerous and destabilizing for our system of government,” Turley said. “They are claiming the right to create a new type of voting member.” The bill opens the door for Congress to give the vote to Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, he said.