Getting creative on congressional representation for D.C.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Regarding the June 10 Metro article "A frustrated D.C. turns its sights on statehood":

As a D.C. resident and federal taxpayer, I want representation in Congress, but the voting-rights measure championed by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) was deficient on its merits and plainly unconstitutional. Statehood is a nice idea, but a measure for the District would have constitutional problems that a measure for a place like Puerto Rico would not (see Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution).

Since we're going to need to amend the Constitution in any event to get this right, I propose something else: an amendment giving the District one representative and one senator. The beauty of constitutional amendments is that we can be creative.

Dan Wolff, Washington

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