SENATOR ALEXANDER ON THE CLOTURE VOTE

District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007

Posted on September 18, 2007

"The bill passed by the House of Representatives is unconstitutional because the District of Columbia is not a state. Our nation was formed by states, and the District is a unique city – not a state. The Constitution itself makes that distinction. The most logical alternative for giving DC residents full representation in Congress would be to give the District back to Maryland. The District was created from land ceded by Virginia and Maryland. Just as Arlington and part of Alexandria went back to Virginia in 1846, most of the District could again become part of Maryland, leaving only a small area around key federal buildings and monuments. Another option would be to keep the District as a separate entity, but allow DC residents to vote in Maryland. Bills to implement both of these options have been introduced in the House of Representatives, and I’d be willing to consider similar legislation in the Senate.”