Neighbors United for DC Statehood is committed to reminding Senators, Representatives, and their staff that the ultimate goal of District citizens is statehood. We all must play a role in contacting members of Congress to thank those who support statehood and to educate and lobby those who do not.
The statehood bill has been introduced in the House (HR 1291) for the 115th Congress but a Senate companion bill has not been introduced in the Senate but will be soon. The bill reflects the constitution, borders, and name approved by District voters (244,000 people or 86% of the vote) in November 2016. In the 115th Congress Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was the lead sponsor for HR 1291, Washington, DC Admission Act in the House of Representatives and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) will be the lead sponsor of the statehood bill in the US Senate.
We encourage all Americans, not just those of us in D.C., to contact members of the House and Senate and urge the to support and cosponsor the Washington, DC Admission Act and thus support full equality for 681,000 American citizens who are taxed but not represented.
Here are a few documents to aide in your congressional outreach efforts (these will be updated as soon as the new statehood bills are introduced in the 115th Congress):
- Here are a few key Senators we need to support the D.C. statehood bill: Priority Senators for the 115th Congress
- Here are a few key House Republicans whose support for statehood we should seek: Potential House GOP Supporters
- A script for phone calls or emails to House and Senate offices.
- A fact sheet about the District’s case for statehood.
- A Summary of the Washington, DC Admission Act
- A FAQ Sheet about DC Statehood
- A map of the state of Washington, DC: State of Washington, DC
If you have questions about our congressional outreach efforts or want to join us on lobby days please follow our calendar to learn about upcoming meetings or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org