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« on: March 15, 2019, 03:27:54 pm »

Could Congress pass a law that allowed the Territorial delegates that are already elected to vote and have all the normal privileges other representatives have, or would a constitutional amendment be needed?
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 07:42:05 pm »

Could Congress pass a law that allowed the Territorial delegates that are already elected to vote and have all the normal privileges other representatives have, or would a constitutional amendment be needed?

Yes and no. For final passage, yes an amendment would be needed. However, delegates can have all the other privileges including voting in committees, including the Committee of the Whole House which handles most House business. (The Republicans traditionally don't allow delegates to vote in the Committee of the Whole while the Democrats give them a limited vote that immediately gets redone without them if they provided a deciding margin.)
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 11:55:13 pm »

Theoretically, both parties could make a gentleman's agreement that if the territorial delegate's votes change the result of the vote, X number of representatives on the side that now loses abstain so that result with the territorial votes is what is passed. It would effectively give them a vote, but either party could just break the agreement at any time if they wanted.
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