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D.C. Vote Bill Could Be Back Next Week

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WASHINGTON (AP) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told a newspaper that members of Congress could as early as next week vote on a bill that would give D.C. a voting member of Congress.

The Senate passed a bill granting D.C. a vote more than a year ago, but senators added a gun amendment that would repeal strict gun registration requirements in the city and restrictions on semiautomatic weapons. The bill had since stalled without a vote in the House.

Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, tells The Washington Post that the bill lawmakers are working on still includes some version of that amendment.

The bill would actually add two new members, one for the Democrat-heavy district and another for the Republican-leaning Utah.

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