Michigan is a great state with great people, unfortunately Michigan’s two Senators in the U.S. Senate have decided to take no position on the D.C. statehood bill, S. 631. That is unacceptable. There are 700,000+ Americans living in D.C. who fulfill all obligations of citizenship yet are denied full and equal congressional representation & autonomy over our local affairs.
In the House, the statehood bill, H.R. 51, has 216 cosponsors, an all-time record including 6 Representatives from Michigan (Reps. Dingell, Lawrence, Kildee, Tlaib, Levin, & Stevens). In the Senate the statehood bill has a record 33 cosponsors. Senator Gary Peters is the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC). HSGAC is the committee that the statehood bill would have to go through to receive consideration in the Senate. Without his support the bill will go nowhere next Congress should he chair that committee. Senator Carper, the bill’s lead sponsor, is on HSGAC as are bill cosponsors Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Maggie Hassan.
Senator Peters & Senator Stabenow should stand up for and with the people of D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the Washington, DC Admission Act.
Give them at call, email, or tweet at them telling them to cosponsor the #DCStatehood bill now:
Senator Peters – 202.224.6221 – Staff lead: Jackson_voss@hsgac.senate.gov
Senator Stabenow – 202.224.4822 – Staff lead: Maxine_terry@stabenow.senate.gov
We should also add that Representative Elissa Slotkin has yet to cosponsor the House statehood bill, HR 51, so we should contact her too:
Representative Slotkin – 202.225.4872 – Staff lead: Danielle.Most@mail.house.gov @RepSlotkin
Now is always the right time to take a stand publicly in support of 700,000+ Americans who simply want to be treated fairly & equally in our democracy.