Sarbanes Votes to Advance Historic D.C. Statehood Bill to House Floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to advance H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act, onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth into the Union and finally provide full voting rights to District of Columbia residents. With the support of Congressman Sarbanes, H.R. 51 passed favorably out of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. It will be considered on the House floor later this month.
“D.C. residents have been denied full voting rights for more than two centuries,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who co-sponsored H.R. 51 and recently reaffirmed his commitment to D.C. Statehood after voting to advance the effort in the last Congress. “It’s time to rectify this unacceptable, racially motivated injustice and ensure that District of Columbia residents have an equal voice in our government. I look forward to joining Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton – who has championed and guided the D.C. Statehood fight for decades – as we once again vote to pass H.R. 51 and secure full voting rights for the American people who reside in Washington, D.C.”
See here for more information about H.R. 51.
See here for bill text.