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The people of District of Columbia would get the vote in Congress the Founding Fathers denied them under legislation the Senate has approved.

The Senate legislation would give the district a vote in the House of Representatives. The bill offsets what is certain to be a gain for Democrats by adding one seat in Republican-leaning Utah.

The House is to take up the measure next week and is expected to pass it easily. More difficult could be a certain court challenge from opponents who say it is unconstitutional to give a vote to the nation’s capital because it is not a state.

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