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The lingering debate over gun rights appears to have killed legislation pending in Congress that would have given the District of Columbia a representative in the House, Democratic lawmakers involved with the negotiations said today.
In a statement, District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting Democrat in Congress, said she asked House leaders to yank the legislation after supporters were unable to reach a compromise over gun language that was inserted into the bill last year by Senate Republicans.
Hoyer made the decision with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the non-voting representative of the District, who was uncomfortable with the gun legislation that was being attached to the bill, a Democratic aide said.
Norton said the bill would not have made it through the Senate anyway because the gun-related amendment would have allowed wide open gun ownership in D.C.
Norton said gun provisions – which she said were drafted by the National Rifle Association – would “surely bring down the support we have had of anti-gun Democratic Senators."