President Obama still thinks D.C. residents should have voting rights, despite the surprise yanking of a measure to do just that thanks to the legislation being gummed up with gun rights issues.
“The president has been very clear on his feelings about voting rights for D.C. and that folks who live in D.C. should have voting rights,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters on Air Force One after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made his announcement today.
As we reported, Congress won’t vote on a measure allowing Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton a vote. A floor vote had been scheduled for this week on the issue, critical to DC’s 600,000 citizens. Hoyer said “it is a blight” on democracy that Norton (D) does not have a vote and said he was “profoundly disappointed” there will be no vote.