What Lies Ahead
The Senate's vote to consider the D.C. voting rights bill pushes the legislation to the floor of that chamber. The Senate version of the bill would expand the House of Representatives by two seats, effective in January 2011: one permanently for the District and the other for Utah through 2012, when congressional seats are reapportioned. Here's what's ahead:
-- SENATE: Members are expected to debate the bill, with Republicans offering amendments. A vote on the measure could occur as soon as tomorrow.
-- HOUSE: The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the bill today. The full chamber could consider it as soon as next week.
-- WHITE HOUSE: President Obama has expressed support for giving the District a full vote in the House and is expected to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.
-- THE COURTS: Opponents will probably challenge the bill on constitutional grounds.