Tuesday, April 20, 2010

House Attempts to Invent DC Congressmen this Thursday!

From capwiz

The D.C. House Voting Rights Act is
unconstitutional. Tell your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 157!

Take Action!




April 19, 2010
 

After casting a career-defining vote in favor
of Big Government Obamacare, congressional liberals
know
that they have little time left as the
majority party in Congress, so they are pushing hard for all the
little-known leftist bills that have been sitting in dusty desk drawers
for decades.  One such piece of legislation is the District of Columbia
House Voting Rights
Act.  Just last week, President Obama called on Congress to get this
bill passed and to his desk before November 2010 rolls around. 


Sponsored by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes
Norton, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009
(
H.R. 157) would establish full
House of
Representatives voting rights for the District of Columbia while adding
an additional seat to Utah, a traditionally Republican
stronghold and the next state in line to pick up a Congressional seat
in reapportionment. However, there is one minor problem:  D.C. is
NOT a congressional district or a
state!

 

The D.C. House Voting
Rights Act aims to
accomplish the following:

  • Subvert the District Clause of the U.S.
    Constitution
    - Article I, Section 8, clause 17 - which
    makes clear that D.C. is a federal city, not a state, with final
    governing authority resting with Congress. The U.S. Constitution states
    that the House shall be composed of "Members chosen...by the People of
    the several States," not delegates representing non-state territories.

  • Silence critics of D.C. voting rights by
    buying them off with a "sure Republican" seat because they know the
    D.C. seat will be a solid Democrat.
    In the last 12 elections since
    D.C. was granted the right to cast presidential electoral votes, it
    has never cast less than 74.8 percent
    of its popular vote for the
    Democratic presidential candidate. This move is simply a partisan
    trade-off by the congressional liberal Majority wanting to add a
    permanent Democrat vote to their tallies.

  • Bribe Republicans to favor the idea by
    including a provision to increase the number of House Members from 435
    to 437 and give the extra Representative to Utah.

  • Lay the initial groundwork for achieving
    the ultimate goal of establishing two permanent Democrat Senate seats for the
    District.
    If the initial inclination is for DC to be "considered a
    Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of
    Representatives," then the idea for DC to be "considered a state for the purposes of
    representation in the U.S. Senate," will not be far down the road.

 

Simply introducing a bill such as this is
unconstitutional!  DC cannot be "treated as though it were a
congressional district," unless it were formally made a congressional
district via a constitutional amendment, which would require a
two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress as well as three-fourths
of the states to ratify it.

 

This is nothing new from the Left. 
Congressional liberals have been trying to grant full voting rights to
the District of Columbia since the 1980s.  The maiden attempt to amend
the U.S. Constitution through the "D.C. Representation" Amendment was
unsuccessful, after it passed Congress but was rejected by the American
people and died on August 22, 1985 after a decisive majority of 34 of
the 50 states refused to ratify it.  Now, Members of Congress are
attempting to forgo the constitutional process and slip one past the
American people in order to accommodate their political agenda!

Remember, the Senate passed its version of
the DC Voting bill (S. 160) by a vote of 61 to 37 (
Roll
Call 73
) in February 2009.  However, that bill
stalled in the House because it contained a Senate
Republican-offered amendment which repealed
strict DC gun
laws.  Although the language of H.R. 157 has not yet been made public,
the bill is expected to contain either the same or similar gun
provisions, and although many House liberals favor DC gun control laws,
it is likely that the liberal House leadership
will approach this legislation in much the same way it did Obamacare:  Pass it now, fix it later


 

TAKE
ACTION!


The House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 157 on Thursday,
April 22, 2010
!  
Please call and email your representatives
and tell them to vote NO on this unconstitutional bill!

Be sure to focus your calls on Republicans
and Democrats alike, as various Republican "moderates" have been known
to support this attempted scheme in the past and some Democrat
"moderates" have opposed it.

 

 

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

 

 




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