D.C. voting bill stalls

A bill that would give District of Columbia residents a voting member in the House likely will not reach the floor for a vote this week, according to a House leadership aide.

“At this point it does not look like it will come up this week,” said Stacey Farnen Bernards, a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

The House Rules Committee also indicated that the legislation is not on its schedule this week, but could be considered by the committee later in the week, a Rules Committee spokesman said.

After Democrats opened debate on the bill Thursday, Republicans introduced a motion to recommit that would lift gun restrictions in D.C. Democrats pulled the bill from the floor, possibly because they did not have enough votes to vote down the GOP motion.

If the motion did pass, the bill would go back to committee, where it most likely would die.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), a sponsor of the legislation, “is pressing for consideration this week, but her first priority is to give the experts enough time to make sure they get it right,” her spokeswoman, Doxie McCoy, said.