House blocks DC bill that would let illegal immigrants vote

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On Thursday, the GOP-led House of Representatives passed a resolution blocking a bill that allows illegal immigrants to vote in local elections within Washington, DC.

In October 2022, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the DC Act 24-640, or the District of Columbia Council’s Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022, which gave legal non-citizens and illegal immigrants voting rights in the nation’s capital. DC City Council transmitted the bill to Congress on January 11, 2023.

According to the Daily Caller, the House of Representatives passed a resolution striking the measure down in a 260-162 vote. The resolution still has to pass the Democrat-led Senate and receive President Biden’s signature to fully prevent the local DC bill from becoming law. 

According to the Daily Caller, legislation was introduced in January by Rep. Chip Roy and Sen. Ted Cruz to prevent the local DC bill from being enacted. The measure prohibited “any federal funds from being used by the District to allow non-citizens to vote in any election” and required “DC to certify that it does not allow non-citizens to vote for application or receipt of federal funds.”

Cruz told the Daily Caller, “Allowing non-citizens, including aliens occupying our nation illegally, to exercise a right reserved for American citizens not only violates the constitutional principles our nation was founded upon, but also naively invites foreign meddling in our elections.”

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