WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., has conceded that the idea of giving the District of Columbia a vote in Congress has little chance in the near future.
Davis again pledged to push the bill through the Government Reform Committee, which he chairs, giving the measure its first procedural victory in the House, The Washington Post reported.
He said Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., has committed in writing to bring the measure to a vote, which would provide further political momentum.
House Republicans indicated Friday, however, that Davis had seriously breached House protocol by rushing the bill forward without consulting GOP leaders -- particularly House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Republican leadership aides said the bill is going nowhere.
The House aides criticized Davis for indicating that the measure would be taken up by a committee on which he does not serve, and that it would get time on the House floor.