The patently unconstitutional bill to give the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House of Representatives was pulled off the House calendar because according to one House Republican leadership source they feared that the so-called Blue Dog Democrats would not support it.
The bill was patently unconstitutional because under Article 1, Section 2, only states have representatives, and D.C. isn’t a state. (That idea is reinforced by the XXIII Amendment, under which D.C. voters are allowed to vote in presidential elections, and thus appoint electors to the Electoral College, “…equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State….”)
The Blue Dogs, a group of supposedly conservative Dems who have usually marched to Speaker Pelosi’s drum, were fearful that the National Rifle Association would “score” — i.e., use the vote to determine its annual rating of gun-friendly (and unfriendly) members the vote on the rule to bring the matter to the House floor. Read More
Have news for the democrats, it was unconstitutional so why did they think of passing such an act to start with? I guess they thought maybe they would not have to go by the constitution!