Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on the Washington, DC Admission Act (H.R. 51). This was the first hearing on granting statehood for the District of Columbia in 26 years. The residents of DC packed the hearing room, the overflow room, and spilled out of Rayburn building into a nearby park where activists and organizers were able to view the hearing on a large screen.
This legislation is an historic opportunity to ensure that DC residents are no longer disenfranchised. Will you stand with the residents of DC and sign our petition in support of DC Statehood?
More than 700,000 residents live in DC, which is more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet its residents still lack voting members in the U.S. House and Senate. Without these voting members, residents of DC are denied a voice in Congress to defend them from attacks on their own locally passed laws and citizen backed initiatives.
Since the 1980’s Congress has continuously used DC as a pawn in their political games. From banning use of District funds to promote clean needle exchange, to blocking the reproductive health choices of women, or weakening DC’s gun violence prevention laws, Congress has used the decisions of DC’s residents to deny them their full democratic principles.
Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Sign the petition to support DC statehood today!
The League will be continuing to work on activities around this legislation. We look forward to continuing to engage with the Oversight and Reform Committee’s debate on this legislation and work with community partners to lift-up the voices of the residents of the District of Columbia in favor of full representation and voting rights for the District of Columbia.