Norton Disappointed Over Fenty’s Position on D.C. Voting Rights Bill

Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:18pm

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Thursday night expressed her disappointment with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for saying he would accept a gun amendment to D.C. voting rights legislation in order to pass the bill.“I regret that the mayor’s statement undercuts the progress that we have been making to get a gun amendment off the D.C. Voting Rights Act,— Norton said in a statement.The voting rights bill, which would give D.C. voting representation in the House, has stalled in recent weeks as Republicans have lobbied to attach language to wipe out the bulk of the district’s gun laws. Norton lamented that Fenty announced his willingness to accept the GOP gun amendment.“Mayor Fenty apparently spoke of coming back another day to remove the gun provision another day. A reading of the bill will show that there can be no coming back if this amendment is attached,— she said.