Moving Ahead

Posted April 24, 2007 at 6:33pm

Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) will introduce a new version of the bill that would give the District of Columbia a full vote in the House, a Democratic aide confirmed Tuesday. By doing so, Lieberman ensures he retains control over the measure’s movement through the Senate. [IMGCAP(1)]

The District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act passed the House on Thursday and was expected to head to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which Lieberman chairs. But because tax language was included in the bill, the Senate Parliamentrian sent it to the Finance Committee instead.

“It’s just something we had to deal with,” the aide said. “But the Senator is still committed.”

There is no time frame on when Lieberman will introduce his bill, the aide added.

The version passed by the House would grant D.C. a full House vote and also give an at-large seat to Utah, which just missed gaining another seat after the 2000 Census. Lieberman’s version is expected to be similar.

Dinner Date. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.) will co-chair the annual President’s Dinner, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) announced Tuesday at the weekly House Republican Conference meeting.

The dinner is one of the biggest fundraisers for Republican campaign committees each year, and this year the House target is $7.5 million. The dinner will take place June 13.

— Elizabeth Brotherton and Susan Davis