GOP move shelves D.C. voting bill

March 23, 2007 at 10:40 AM
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WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- A District of Columbia bid for congressional voting rights has been blocked by a Republican attempt to include gun control in the debate.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who is Washington's nonvoting congressional representative, predicted the issue will be back up soon for a successful vote.

The proposal giving D.C. its first full voting representation in more than 200 years was expected to be passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress.

But, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, halted action Thursday by seeking to add language to the bill to repeal much of the District's gun ban. Though the ban was struck down by a federal appeals court earlier this month it temporarily remains in effect.

Conservative, pro-gun Democrats found themselves in a tangled web of either possibly killing the motion with "yes" vote or appearing to support strict gun control with a "no," the Washington Times said.

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