Washington D.C. in the House
Everyone was in a complete shock when the House of Representatives finally said yes after 200 years. This nod was given to the residents of the District of Columbia where a bill was passed to allow a House of Representatives position to the people of Columbia which is actually not a state.
Along with adding a member of the house for the D.C. area, Utah has been given a fourth seat. Now the bill is passed along to the Senate to have a final approval but with the District of Columbia not being a true state, many are expecting the bill to be squashed. Some may not have realized but 200 years ago it was determined that the District of Columbia would be banned from a seat in the House since it was not a state.
Utah was declined an additional seat in the house after falling shy of the required residents to acquire a fourth seat after the last census. However, since they are in the process of adding additional seats and Utah is so very close to the requirements it is expected that by the next election they should have the required number of residents to justify the additional seat.
Since 1960, 435 seats have been filled in the House of Representatives. Although this is a major milestone, the fact that the District of Columbia is not a state causes snafu in the majority House. Though it is a milestone in the House of Representative, opponents have clearly stated that members of the House are chosen by the people of the states.
Even after the 2010 census, it was lined up for the House to keep the 437 seats. Then the Utah was lined up to expand to a 4th district. The passing of the District of Columbia was already discussed in 1978 but was disapproved because it was unable to pass a quorum of three-fourth majority of the states. So this matter was discussed in the House of Representatives before.
Once again, the measure was attempted in 1993; however, this attempt was focused around moving the District of Columbia into statehood and transforming the District into a full-fledged state of the United States. This proposal was also rejected, so this is a major victory that has been attempted several times previously. Whether it will pass through the Senate, and ultimately receive legal effect, is still left to be determined.
The defense of the District of Columbia argues that the District should be allowed a seat because its residence pays taxes and fight wars of the country similar to other states. And thus, the debate goes on. The final verdict will be an interesting to look forward to.
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