The protest and lobbying efforts come a day before the House is scheduled to vote on the proposed rules, which detail that Norton’s vote will be retracted. A simple majority is needed to enact the rule.
Republicans have called Norton’s vote in the Committee of the Whole unconstitutional since only states are specifically awarded representation in the Constitution. And although a district court and appeals court have ruled the Delegate’s voting right constitutional, the GOP takeover of the House has all but assured that Republicans will take it away.
Norton said she has already requested time on the floor during Wednesday’s rules debate and told Roll Call that she expects to have the full backing of Democrats. She’ll be appealing to the House Democratic Caucus for support Tuesday evening.
“This is the opening salvo with more to come,” she said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.