The Senate approves legislation that would give the District of Columbia a vote in Congress.
The 61-37 vote would give full voting rights in the House of Representatives to the district's congressional delegate. The measure also gives a new House seat to the state of Utah, to balance out the expected Democratic gain.
The House is expected to approve the bill next week and President Barack Obama indicates he will sign it into law.
The measure would give Washington, D.C.—which has a majority black population, a significant black gay community and a gay friendly black mayor—full political representation in the House but no senators. The measure will probably be challenged by conservatives and the suit is likely to go to the Supreme Court.