The District could be close to getting a voting member in the House of Representatives for the first time in U.S. history, after a bill passed the Senate. Just as the voting rights bill was nearing the legislative finish line, gun rights advocates sought to amend it with controversial language that would weaken the city's firearms laws. It is unclear when the bill will go to the House floor, as D.C. vote proponents regroup and lobby for support. Here's a look at where the bill stands, the hurdles overcome and what lies ahead.
SOURCE: Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service | Reporting By April Umminger; Graphic by Laura Stanton - The Washington Post - March 21, 2009