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Unconstitutional District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act shelved by Democrat leaders

For Immediate Release. Tuesday, April 20, 2010 — Unable to block a provisionthat would have weakened the District of Columbia's strong gun-control laws Democrat leaders in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, shelved the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2010. The measure would be abandoned for the rest of this Congressional session Democrat leaders indicated.  On Friday, April 16, 2010, President Barack Obama called for Congress to pass the legislation.

In announcing the decision, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said, “The price was way too high.” 

For first time in more than 200 years the bill attempted to provide a seat in Congress for the District of Columbia which is mostly a Democrat district and would also create an additional at-large House of Representative seat for Utah, a state that votes largely Republican.  

The Constitution's provisions governing the composition and election of the United States Congress is violated by the measure. For example: 

Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states: "The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states."      

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 -- also known as the "District clause" -- states that Congress has the power "to exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States." 

Congress does not have the authority to grant the District of Columbia voting rights through the proposed legislation.  Since the District of Columbia is not a state, a constitutional amendment would be required for congressional representation.  

“Daily, since the Democrats took control of both chambers of Congress and the White House they attempt to eviscerate the Constitution,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, President of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “Recently, the Constitution was usurped when President Barack Obama signed legislation into law passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress that requires Americans to purchase health care. Each member of Congress took an oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution.'  However, the President and Democrats in Congress continue their attempts to weaken the Constitution trying to make America a nation that is no longer governed by laws but ruled by fiat,” added Dr, Rutkowski.

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