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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A newly elected Utah congressman is breaking with the rest of the state's delegation by saying he opposes a plan that would give Utah a fourth seat in the House and add a seat for the District of Columbia.
Republican Jason Chaffetz says he's opposed to the bill because he believes giving Washington, D.C., full voting rights in the House is unconstitutional.
The proposal is designed as a compromise because conservative Utah would likely elect a Republican to the new seat, while District voters would almost certainly choose a Democrat.
The House passed the compromise bill in 2007, but the bill was blocked in the Senate and didn't have the votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Since then, Democrats have taken over the majority in both the House and Senate.
Information from: Deseret News
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