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Norton to challenge denial of committee vote

Thursday - 1/3/2013, 8:13am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress says she has once again been denied the right to vote in the Committee of the Whole on the House floor, but she plans to challenge the decision.

Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton can vote in committees but not on the House floor. But a judge has ruled that she can vote on the floor in the Committee of the Whole, which considers changes to legislation. She has been granted that vote when Democrats control the House but not when Republicans are in charge.

Norton's office says the draft rules for the 113th Congress, which convenes Thursday, don't allow her to vote in the committee. She plans to file a motion Thursday to force the House to examine the proposed rules for constitutionality.

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