Over the last several weeks there’s been a lot of actions related to D.C. statehood, the movement is heating up! The Republican Party shamefully included extremely offensive anti-statehood language in its platform despite the best efforts of the DC GOP to remove the language. The Democratic Party for the first time in over a decade now has pro-statehood language in its Party Platform joining the Green Party with that distinction. And while the Libertarian Party does not have an official stance on statehood its Presidential candidate does support statehood for the people of DC!
Support in party platforms or from Presidential candidates alone will not get us statehood therefore we still have a lot of work to do to build support for this cause across the country & specifically in Congress. There are 15 Senators I believe we should pressure right now to formally cosponsor the statehood bill. The Senate is currently on recess which makes this is a perfect time to reach out to staff as they have more availability to research issues and to draft cosponsor memos. Let’s voice our opinion that their bosses should cosponsor S. 1688, the New Columbia Admission Act.
|Richard Blumenthal||CT||Sam Simon||Sam_Simon@blumenthal.senate.gov|
|Chris Murphy||CT||Michael Bednarczyk||Michael_bednarczyk@murphy.senate.gov|
|Amy Klobuchar||MN||Ben Driscoll||Ben_driscoll@klobuchar.senate.gov|
|Robert Menendez||NJ||Andrew Geibel||Andrew_geibel@menendez.senate.gov|
|Angus King||ME||Sanjay Kane||Sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov|
|Mark Warner||VT||Lauren Marshall||Lauren_marshall@warner.senate.gov|
|Mazie Hirono||HI||Shelby Boxembaum||Shelby_boxembaum@hirono.senate.gov|
|Ron Wyden||OR||Thomas Brunet||Thomas_brunet@wyden.senate.gov|
|Gary Peters||MI||Jordan Wells||Jordan_wells@peters.senate.gov|
|Debbie Stabenow||MI||Kristen Lee||Kristen_lee@stabenow.senate.gov|
|Sheldon Whitehouse||RI||Lara Quint||Lara_quint@judiciary-dem.senate.gov|
|Tom Udall||NM||Matt Nelson||Matt_nelson@tomudall.senate.gov|
|Martin Heinrich||NM||Jude McCartin||Jude_mccartin@heinrich.senate.gov|
|Maria Cantwell||WA||Pete Modaff||Pete_modaff@cantwell.senate.gov|
Emails should be short direct and make sure the explicitly ask that their boss “cosponsor the D.C. statehood bill” as it is the only bill before Congress that will make the citizens of the District full and equal U.S. citizens. Since the below list targets Democrats (and one Independent who caucuses with the Dems) you can mention additionally that 1) Secretary Clinton has voiced strong support for DC Statehood in an Op-Ed in the Informer Newspaper; 2) the Party Platform endorses it; and 3) there have been 26 bills or amendments targeting DC’s local laws just in the 114th Congress demonstrating the undemocratic attempted intrusions into our affairs because we are not a state. Please send emails as soon as possible to the following offices so that the cosponsor list will grow when the Senate comes back into session in September and please ask family & friends in these Senators states to do the same.
Together we can make statehood a reality but we have to work for it!