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Norton Introduces D.C. Voting Rights, Statehood Bills

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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced two bills that would give the city voting representation on Capitol Hill. One bill introduced Wednesday would give the district two U.S. senators and a House member. The other would give the city just a House member.

Norton also introduced a bill last week that would make the district the nation's 51st state. None of the bills is expected to go anywhere in the Republican-led house. The voting-rights bills have several co-sponsors, all of them Democrats.

The district came close to getting a voting House member in 2009, but House Democrats decided not to bring it up for a vote because of an amendment that would have struck down the District's strict gun control laws.

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