Hoyer Says D.C. Voting Rights Bill to Hit Floor Next Week

Posted February 25, 2009 at 8:18pm

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Wednesday night that the House will vote next week on a measure to grant Washington, D.C., full voting representation in the chamber.

The House Judiciary Committee marked up the bill earlier in the day.

“With today’s markup, Congress is one step closer to bringing representation to the people of this city. And I am happy to report that I, with the help of the three distinguished Members here with me, will bring the DC voting rights bill to the floor of the House next week,” Hoyer said in a statement.  

“Next week, we will be voting to keep a promise that is nearly two and a quarter centuries overdue. It was the promise of our founders, a promise put into words by the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, when he wrote that the people of the federal city ‘will have had their voice in the election of the government which is to exercise authority over them,’” Hoyer said.

Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to vote on the plan Thursday.