D.C. Council Backs Compromise for House Vote

D.C. Council Backs Compromise for House Vote

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(Washington-AP) -- D-C Council members are preparing to endorse a compromise to get a vote in Congress.

The plan by northern Virginia Congressman Tom Davis would temporarily expand the House by two seats by adding a voting representative for the District and another seat for Utah.

The D-C Council is expected to vote on a resolution supporting the plan next month.

Council members tell The Washington Post their non-binding resolution would be their first endorsement of a suffrage plan short of statehood since a proposed U-S constitutional amendment was defeated in 1985.

Under Davis' plan, the House would revert to its current size after the 2010 census -- but the District would keep its voting member. Utah was next in line to gain another member after the 2000 U-S Census.

Davis's proposal isn't expected to pass Congress this year.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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