Remember a few weeks ago when everyone was all excited that the bill on DC voting rights was going to pass? The Senate had passed it, added some stupid amendment that negated nearly all of DC’s gun control laws, and punted it off to the House. The House was expected to pass it, and perhaps get rid of the gun control amendment.
Then, the NRA came along (boo, hiss). They threatened to turn the House’s vote on the bill into a “test vote” – where the NRA keeps track of how each representative votes and grades them on how friendly they are to pro-gun legislation. That freaked out the House, and now the vote has been delayed, I’m sad to say, perhaps indefinitely.
This is ridiculous, lobbying groups should not have this much power over whether Congress even VOTES on a bill, not to say how they vote. Look, you might guess I’m not the hugest fan of the NRA and am a pretty big proponent of gun control, but that’s not even the point.
The point is, DC doesn’t have home rule, Congress controls them. However, DC doesn’t have a voting voice in Congress either, so we pretty much have no say over our own governance. This is what has allowed the Senate to add that gun control amendment to the bill with no say from representatives from DC. THIS IS WHAT THE BILL IS TRYING TO FIX. And it has led to the bill’s demise. The politics behind this are really unbelievable, and quite disheartening. OK, rant over.