The WSJ has a great editorial today about the Senate moving to add two seats to the U.S. House. The bill to give D.C. a Member of Congress and to give Utah a Member of Congress passed a cloture vote yesterday. The five Republicans who joined bill sponsor Orrin Hatch (R-UT) were Sens. Cochran (MS), Collins (ME), Lugar (IN), Murkowski (AK), Snowe (ME), Specter (PA), Voinovich (OH).
For me, the surprises were Murkowski and Cochran and Lugar. I’ve given up on the ladies from Maine and Specter from PA. I do believe that this will become known as Hatch’s Folly.
Here is the conclusion of the editorial:
More important, the legislation runs afoul of the plain language of the Constitution, which provides that House members shall be chosen “by the People of the several States” and stipulates that the District of Columbia is not a state.
In 1960, Congress proposed a Constitutional amendment giving residents of the capital the right to vote for President. The 23rd Amendment was ratified the following year. The District already sends a nonvoting delegate to the House, but if Congress wishes to grant it full representation, it should do so by amending, not ignoring, the Constitution.