Equality for the People in D.C.

SenateStates_110719Statehood for the 700,000 people in D.C. means we would finally have equal congressional representation and autonomy over our own local affairs. We would be treated equally with our families, friends, and neighbors in the 50 states, nothing more and nothing less. The House version of the statehood bill, HR 51, has a historic high of 223 cosponsors (and growing) and we expect the bill to pass out of Committee & get a successful floor vote. The statehood bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 631, has a tougher plight. There are now an impressive 35 cosponsors on the bill but we need to make sure to continue to grow that list.

The below 9 Senators are NOT presently cosponsoring the D.C. statehood bill! They need to hear both from their constituents & the people of D.C.

If you have family or friends in the below states please ask them to email & call their Senators on our behalf and you should do so as well. It takes 10 minutes to either call or email below Senators. Here’s a script for calls and emails, and for tweets you can write “.@SenatorX should stand up for democracy and equality for the 700,000+ Americans living in D.C. by cosponsoring the #DCStatehood bill.”

Name State Phone Staff Lead Email
Sinema, Krysten AZ 202.224.4521 Joe Russell joe_russell@sinema.senate.gov
King, Angus ME 202.224.5344 Sanjay Kane sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov
Peters, Gary MI 202.224.6221 Jackson Voss jackson_voss@hsgac.senate.gov
Stabenow, Debbie MI 202.224.4822 Maxine Terry maxine_terry@stabenow.senate.gov
Rosen, Jackie NV 202.224.6244 Olga Zoraqi olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov
Reed, Jack RI 202.224.4642 Renuka Nagaraj renuka_nagaraj@reed.senate.gov
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI 202.224.2921 Alex Aronson alex_aronson@judiciary-dem.senate.gov
Cantwell, Maria WA 202.224.3441 Lara Muldoon lara_muldoon@cantwell.senate.gov
Tester, Jon MT 202.224.2644 Stuart Varvel stuart_varvel@tester.senate.gov
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The 36th State for the 51st State!

Nevada-StateSealNevada became a state on October 31, 1864, so happy anniversary to the people of Nevada! Most people probably do not celebrate their states’ statehood admission anniversary but for the people of Washington, DC, it’s a day we long for. In the District of Columbia there are over 700,000 Americans who live in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol who cannot call our Senators because we have none. Bills before the House and US Senate though would change that. The Washington, DC Admission Act would make the residential and commercial portions of Washington, DC the 51st state while keeping a small uninhabited federal district consisting of the Capitol, Supreme Court, White House, National Mall, and several federal buildings as the federal capital.

When Nevada became a state it was by far the least populated state in the union. With 700,000 residents the District of Columbia has more people than 2 states, Vermont & Wyoming, and if population trends continue we could pass the populations of Alaska and North Dakota in the next couple of decades. Additionally, the people of D.C. unlike residents of the territories pay federal income taxes. In fact, the people of D.C. pay more cumulatively in federal taxes than over 20 states so taxation without representation is sadly alive and thriving in the neighborhoods outside of the U.S. Capitol building, a system antithetical to the founding of our nation.

Senator Jacky Rosen sits on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate which has oversight functions over the District of Columbia yet she remains curiously silent on whether the people of D.C. deserve equal treatment in the union. Presently, Senator Cortez Masto, is a cosponsor of the statehood bill and House Reps. Titus, Horsford, and Lee are all cosponsors of HR 51, the House statehood bill. Former Senate Majority Leader and Senator Harry Reid, was also a statehood bill cosponsor and Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford has also endorsed D.C. statehood. With such overwhelming support from Nevada’s elected officials, why does Senator Rosen remains mute on this issue? 

Statehood would grant 700,000+ Americans equal congressional representation & autonomy over our own local affairs. The D.C. statehood cause is morally just and constitutionally sound. There’s overwhelming support for the cause among her Nevadan colleagues and given her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee we need on Senator Jacky Rosen to stand with and up for 700,000 Americans denied representation in Congress.  

In a time when voting rights are under attack across this country it is important for elected officials to take stands in support of both protecting and ensuring voting rights for all Americans. Through statehood the people of D.C. are seeking fair and equal treatment in our democracy and we hope that Senator Rosen will join us and her Nevadan colleagues in supporting this cause.

Please share this with family & friends in Nevada and ask that they call, tweet at, or email Senator Rosen asking that she “stand with and up for the 700,000 people in D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the #DCStatehood bill.” D.C. folks to contact her office too!

Staff Lead: Olga Zoraqi – olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov

Phone: 202.224.6244

Twitter: @SenJackyRosen

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Senator Jacky Rosen

Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) is a freshman in the U.S. Senate who serves on the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC). HSGAC among other duties has oversight functions over the District of Columbia (we oppose that but it’s reality) and is the Committee that the statehood bill would pass through before reaching the Senate floor. Therefore it’s important that all HSGAC members are aware of and support the D.C. statehood bill, S. 631.

Presently, Senator Rosen’s fellow Nevadan, Senator Cortez Masto, is a cosponsor of the statehood bill and was so last Congress as well. Fellow Nevadans in the House Reps. Titus, Horsford, and Lee are all cosponsors of HR 51, the House statehood bill. Former Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid, was also a statehood bill cosponsor. And Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford has also endorsed D.C. statehood. With such overwhelming support from Nevada’s elected officials it’s curious as to why Senator Rosen remains mute on this issue.

Statehood would grant 700,000+ Americans equal congressional representation & autonomy over our own local affairs. The D.C. statehood cause is morally just and constitutionally sound. There’s overwhelming support for the cause among her Nevadan colleagues and given her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee we need call on Senator Jacky Rosen to cosponsor S. 631, the D.C. statehood bill. 

Please share this with family & friends in Nevada and ask that they call, tweet at, or email Senator Rosen asking that she “stand with and up for the 700,000 people in D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the #DCStatehood bill.” D.C. folks to contact her office too! 

Staff Lead: Olga Zoraqi – olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov

Phone: 202.224.6244

Twitter: @SenJackyRosen

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Senator Maria Cantwell

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In 1993, then Representative Cantwell on the House floor voted for the D.C. statehood bill but since joining the U.S. Senate in 2000, she has not taken a stance on the statehood legislation. Washington’s senior Senator, Patty Murray, and consistently and steadfastly cosponsored the Senate’s statehood legislation every time it’s been introduced since she was elected in 1992. Presently, all 7 of Washington State’s Democratic Representatives in the House are cosponsors of HR 51, and both Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee, and Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, have publicly endorsed D.C. statehood.

So why won’t Senator Cantwell cosponsor legislation that would ensure that 700,000 Americans have full and equal representation in Congress as well as autonomy over our local affairs?

Please take time today to to call, tweet at, or email Senator Cantwell asking that she “stand with and up for the 700,000 people in D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the #DCStatehood bill.”

Staff Lead: Lara Muldoon lara_muldoon@cantwell.senate.gov

Phone: 202.224.3441

Twitter: @SenatorCantwell

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Take It To The House!

We now have 218 voting members as cosponsors which means we have the votes to pass the D.C. statehood bill!!!

Below is a list of Representatives with contact information of those who are most likely to join the bill. Please email, call, or tweet at these representatives as ask that they cosponsor HR 51. Here’s a script you can copy and paste! 

Arizona 1st – Representative Tom O’Halleran

202.225.3361

Staff lead: Sally.Adams@mail.house.gov

@RepOHalleran 

Maine 2nd – Representative Jared Golden

202.225.6306

Staff lead: Eric.Kanter@mail.house.gov

@RepGolden

Michigan 6th – Representative Slotkin

202.225.4872

Staff lead: Danielle.Most@mail.house.gov  

@RepSlotkin

New Mexico 2nd – Representative Xochitl Torres Small

202.225.2365

Staff lead: Brooke.Stuedell@mail.house.gov

@RepTorresSmall 

New York 22nd – Representative Anthony Brindisi

202.225.3665

Staff lead: Robert.Dougherty@mail.house.gov

@RepBrindisi

 

New York 25th – Representative Joe Morelle

202.225.3615

Staff lead: Abbie.Sorrendino@mail.house.gov

@RepJoeMorelle

 

Thank you!

 

Josh

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