Republicans Take Away Voting Rights From American Territories
The Republican House leadership, as one of its first acts, too away voting rights from six delegates representing American territories…
representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.
Five of those delegates are Democrats, while one, from the Northern Marianas Islands, is an independent.
The GOP decision to rescind the ability of delegates to vote on amendments on the House floor was the predictable outcome of a longtime party divide. Democrats extended the voting rights in 1993 when they controlled the House, Republicans disenfranchised the delegates when they became the majority in 1995 and Democrats restored delegate rights when they regained control of the House in 2007.
“This is a very undemocratic way to start the 112th Congress,” said Virgin Islands Del. Donna Christensen. With the new GOP rule, she said, “there are over 4.5 million Americans who don’t get input into shaping the final bill.”
“To me it is unseemly in the 21st century that anyone would be stripped of a vote,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has represented Washington D.C. since 1991.Click here for reuse options!
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