In a push for election integrity that saw bipartisan support, the House passed a bill on Thursday that prevents noncitizens from voting in local elections in Washington D.C.

The legislation was supported by 262 representatives, including 210 Republicans and 52 Democrats. Opposed by 143 members, all Democrats, the bill passed.

The legislation, known as H.R. 192, prohibits noncitizens from voting in any local election in the District of Columbia or “in any ballot initiative or referendum in the District of Columbia.”

The bill also seeks a repeal of the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022, a measure in D.C. that allowed noncitizen residents to vote in local but not federal elections.

Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX), who introduced the bill, championed its purpose in a post to X on Thursday in a response to a report on the House proceedings by House Press Gallery.

“In Washington, DC, noncitizens including illegal aliens and foreign agents are allowed to vote in local elections. Noncitizen voting dilutes the voting power of the citizen voter,” he wrote.

The bill, however, has seen opposition from some Democrats, as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who is the district’s nonvoting delegate in the House, released a statement arguing that residents should be allowed to govern their local affairs without intervention from Congress.

“D.C. laws are matters for the duly elected D.C. Council and mayor, not unaccountable members of Congress who do not represent D.C. residents. The almost 700,000 D.C. residents are worthy and capable of governing their own local affairs,” Norton stated.

“Despite these constant attacks on D.C. election laws, congressional Republicans have refused to do the one and only thing D.C. residents have asked them to do about elections in D.C.: to give D.C. residents voting representation in the House and Senate, as well as full control over their local affairs, by passing my D.C. statehood bill,” she added.

The legislation is one of the election integrity bills House Republicans are pushing as the nation continues to grapple with illegal immigration. Another of such bills on House Republicans’ sights is the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act which would require proof of citizenship for voter registration.

The House would look into the SAVE Act when lawmakers resume after the Memorial Day holiday next week, according to House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).

“We’ll get that passed and that will solve that problem on the federal election basis. We’ve got to do that; we have an absolute responsibility,” he stated.