That sound you hear this morning isn’t traffic, or the birds chirping or even today’s impending thunderstorms brewing, but rather the sound of Mark Plotkin rejoicing. This morning, Shadow Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and Representative Tom Davis (R Vienna) will be announcing a bill on the floor of the house that, if passed, would grant DC a real honest-to-God vote in the United States House of Representatives, and also add another representative from the state of Utah as part of the process.
This would certainly be a step forward in recognizing the unique position of the District as home to 550,000 people, who have no representation in the US Congress, and I heartily endorse the measure, but is this enough? This will take away the argument that DC lacks representation in Congress, and could potentially leave us with just a single vote in the House, wielding precious little power in the face of a body that holds final say over the laws and budget of the District.
Is this a good compromise?
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs