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House Will Vote on D.C. Voting Rights Bill

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters today that the House will indeed vote on giving the District of Columbia a full-voting member in the House of Representatives. When exactly a vote will take place is still unknown.

Doubt had arisen when Democrats pulled the bill from the floor two weeks ago. After the Senate passed its version Feb. 26, Hoyer indicated that the House would take up the bill the following week. However, the gun amendment added on to the Senate bill and the likelihood of one being added to the House version halted the progression of the bill's passage.

"We're having discussions, and I think we're making some progress," said Hoyer. "This is the time for this bill."

Hoyer indicated that the possibility of passing the bill with the gun amendment attached -- a take-what-we-can-get approach -- had been discussed with D.C. voting rights advocates, including Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. officials. However, Hoyer said Norton's opinion would be weighed heavily in the final decision and that some version of the bill would be voted on in the House.

"My preference would be a clean bill that didn't deal with any other state and didn't deal with any extraneous issues," Hoyer said.