Senate Votes to Move D.C. Voting Rights Bill Forward

Senators have adopted a procedural (cloture) motion to move the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (S. 160) forward by a vote of 62 to 34.  This sets up members for a possible vote on final passage in the coming days.

The bill would add a full voting member to the House of Representatives for Washington D.C. and also add another House seat for the state of Utah, which narrowly missed out on receiving another seat during the last census.

Republican crossover votes came from Senators Cochran (R-MS), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IN), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA) & Voinovich (R-OH).

Meanwhile, Democrats voting against the package included Senators Baucus (D-MT) & Byrd (D-WV).

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