WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Washington leaders say the District of Columbia is in a better position to get U.S. congressional representation now that Democrats are more solidly in power.
Democrats increased their majorities in the House and Senate, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is set to become the 44th president.
But those same leaders are split on how many seats to request: just one in the House, or one in the House and two in the Senate, The Washington Post reported Monday. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said Democrats should continue to seek one House seat, the strategy followed during the Bush administration.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said Obama promised privately to support "full voting rights," which he said means two senators and a representative.
D.C. statehood opponents say trying to achieve full status would destroy the concept of a separate national capital and grant Senate representation unfairly to a single city, the Post said.