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Sen. Says He Will Block D.C. Vote Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says he will block a bill to give D.C. a voting member of Congress if lawmakers don't alter a provision that would also grant his state an additional seat in the House.

The Republican senator doesn't like the way the House bill would elect the new Utah member. It would have all Utah citizens vote on the new member, the state's fourth. Hatch says only citizens of a newly created district should pick their representative. He said in a statement on his Web site that he would filibuster the bill in the Senate if it passes the House unchanged.

The bill adds a seat for the heavily Democratic district and one for Republican-leaning Utah, which was just shy of getting another seat during the last census.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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