In the news today, I ran across an interesting article. On 4/19/2007 the U.S. House of Representative approved a bill to allow the District of Columbia a vote in the House. The bill has now been sent to the Senate for ratification. The House bill will expand the current membership from 435 to 437 (the bill would also be adding a seat from Utah too). If the Senate approves the bill, one seat will be added in its chamber.
Wait a second here…the District of Columbia will have a vote in Congress? That’s a bit odd. Not let me check something here…hmm…there are 50 stars on the flag, the recent official state tally still shows the United States is comprised of 50 states, so I am a bit perplex.
How can the District of Columbia receive voting rights when Congress per Article I Section 2 states that you must be a state to have a seat in the House of Representative? There has been no movement by Congress to grant D.C. statehood nor has a State Constitution been written yet by D.C. or a constitutional convention held. Plus, wouldn’t the 23rd amendment need to be ratified before D.C. could became a state or had the ability to vote? Looking at the current timing of this bill and how D. C. has voted in the past in both of the Presidential elections and local elections, I think I would agree with Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte of VA 6th District that this is a “raw power grab” by the Democrat. Better yet, I think Marcellus from Hamlet stated it better yet in Act I, Scene 4, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
I would like to hope that before this bill is approved, the members of Congress would take a moment and revisit the U.S. Constitution on how representation in the Senate and house is allowed, along with the spirit of the founding of D.C. by our fore fathers. If Congress had intended the District of Washington to be a state in 1790, then it would have been so. Instead Congress wanted a capital city to on neutral land that prevented any influence of the Federal government from the state level. If Congress is still illiterate about the Constitution, then I would like to think the President will veto this bill on grounds of it being unconstitutional.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
Article IV Section. 3.
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State
Passed by Congress June 16, 1960. Ratified March 29, 1961.
The District constituting the seat of Government of the
United States shall appoint in such manner as Congress may direct:A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.