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DC Voting Rights Put on Hold Again, Gun Provision is the Culprit

It seems the gun legislation that the Senate attached to the bill last year is what did the legislation in.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the “price was too high” to include the gun provision, which the NRA lobbied for to be included.

The bill lost the support of the League of Conservation voters, which signaled on Monday that it would not be endorsing the compromise legislation.

The national and local branches of the League of Women Voters and D.C. For Democracy, which bills itself as the city’s largest progressive organization, said Monday they will not support the voting rights bill because it would strip the city of its ability to set its own gun laws. Concerns over the gun amendment have also spurred several D.C. Council members to urge Congress not to vote on the measure, but supporters maintain that a broad coalition is ready to accept the amendment if it means voting rights.

Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and Billie Day, president of the League’s D.C. chapter, said in a joint statement that they reached their decision not to support the measure “reluctantly and sadly, but firmly” because of concerns over the gun amendment.

What a blow to District residents, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Mayor Fenty. All parties have fought hard to get this passed and after waiting more than a year, it seemed the District was close to getting that prized vote in Congress.

Nobody wanted the gun provision included, but at this juncture it made sense to go through with it. Fenty Norton has repeatedly said they could get that language changed once the measure was passed.

Now we’ll never know and District residents will continue their checks to the federal government and also forgo their constitutional guarantee to representation in Congress.

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