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US Pacific territories lose voting right in Congress

US Pacific territories lose voting right in Congress

Posted 7 January 2011, 15:36 AEST

Delegates to the US Congress representing territories will no longer have the right to vote in congressional committees.

The new rule will affect the representatives of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico.

It was brought in by the new Republican dominated House in the wake of mid term elections which saw many Democratic Party members lose their seats.

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, tells Bruce Hill this has happened before, and the reason is basically partisan politics.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin

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