Bill to give Utah another seat in the House clears Senate hurdle

Bill to give Utah another seat in the House clears Senate hurdle

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(KSL News and AP) Utah could be one step closer to getting another Congressional seat. Today the Senate voted to take up the legislation that would give Utah and Washington, D.C. House seats.

The 62-34 vote in the Senate was 2 more than the 60 needed. Two years ago, when there were fewer Democrats to support the bill in the Senate, the legislation fell three votes short of the 60 required to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.


The legislation could still face other procedural hurdles before coming to a final vote in the Senate. It then must go to the House and then on to President Barack Obama, who supports it.

Utah Sen. Bob Bennett opposes the bill, because he believes it exceeds the authority that the Constitution vest in Congress. He's confident the state will receive its fourth seat when the 2010 census results are announced.

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