DC Voting Rights: Closer than Ever


For a time, 2007 seemed to be the year that voting representation for the District of Columbia would become a reality. The D.C. Voting Rights Act passed the House of Representatives in April (241-177). But it was defeated in the Senate in September, despite garnering more support — 57 senators voted for it — than

Reid: D.C. Voting Rights Bill Will Ensure Long-Overdue Equal Representation for 600,000 Americans


Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate before voting for the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2009, which the Senate then passed. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: “We have had a good debate on this bill this week,

Eric Holder raises issue of D.C. voting rights a day after announcing resignation

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made one of his strongest statements in support of D.C. voting rights on Friday in his first appearance after announcing he would step down. In remarks to the annual legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus, Holder vowed that the Justice Department would continue its fight to quash



The Constitution gives the U. S. Congress power over the District of Columbia, per Article I, Section 8, clause 17 to “exercise exclusive legislation in all Cases whatsoever over such capital district…as may… become the seat of the Government of the United States” as well as enclaves it might acquire. Each American citizen is represented

Congress takes up bill to make D.C. the 51st state


D.C. residents and city lawmakers packed a Senate hearing Monday for their first chance in two decades to make the case that the nation’s capital should be the 51st state. They came prepared with statistics: $4 billion in federal income taxes are paid annually by city residents. They came with constitutional theories: D.C. residents are unfairly