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Texas Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert is offering a potential solution to D.C. residents frustrated by not having full voting rights—he wants to give the bulk of the city back to Maryland.

He last introduced the bill in 2007 and it went nowhere. Neither D.C. nor Maryland officials are behind the effort. Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen says the bill is really just a distraction from the real fight to give city residents full voting rights.

"I think that we should continue to focus on trying to make sure that Eleanor Holmes-Norton gets full voting rights in the House rather than be distracted by some of these proposals," says Van Hollen.

In 1847 Virginia agreed to take back the portion of land it ceded to D.C. But it doesn't look like Maryland will be trying to reclaim its former land any time soon.

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