Press Release: Historic Statehood Vote

For Immediate Release 

Contact: 

Josh Burch, unitedforstatehood@gmail.com, (202) 641-4680

U.S. House Announces Historic Floor Vote for D.C. Statehood

Seven Democratic caucus senators have yet to co-sponsor Senate bill 

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2020) – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), along with Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a historic House vote on the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act (H.R. 51), which would grant the people of D.C. full voting rights and representation in Congress. 

 

Companion legislation in the U.S. Senate (S. 631) has gained momentum in the past few weeks, as the Trump Administration ordered in troops and helicopters to terrorize D.C. residents, including the use of tear gas to clear a peaceful protest so President Trump could take a photo in front of a church.  In the past week, Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Jon Tester (D-MT) became co-sponsors of the legislation. 40 of the 47 senators in the Democratic caucus have now signed onto the bill. 

 

The seven who have not are Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, Washington’s Maria Cantwell, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, Alabama’s Doug Jones, Maine’s Angus King, and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin.

 

“For far too long, over 700,000 Americans have been denied full voting rights and representation in Congress,” said Josh Burch, a D.C. resident and volunteer organizer of United for D.C. Statehood. “It is time for all senators who believe in the principles of democracy to support D.C. statehood.” 

 

Despite D.C. having a larger population than two states — Vermont and Wyoming — President Trump was able to order the occupation of D.C. because residents lack the basic representation in Congress afforded to Americans living in all 50 states. Americans living in D.C. do not have senators or a voting representatives in Congress, nor a governor or control over their own national guard. 

 

Prior to the Trump Administration militarizing the nation’s capital, African-Americans there were already suffering disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of those infected in D.C. are people of color, and 75% of those who have died are African-American

 

Tragically, Washington, D.C. may be experiencing higher fatality rates because D.C. received less than half the COVID-19 funding that Americans living in the 50 states did, due to its lack of statehood. 

 

As D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in The Washington Post this week, “It is no coincidence that Washington— affectionately known as Chocolate City — is also the only capital of a democratic nation that denies its residents a vote in the federal legislature. To think these two truths are not related is to be willfully ignorant of our nation’s history.” Along these lines, Susan Rice wrote in The New York Times last week, “The real reasons for opposition are more sinister: racism and political interest. Washington was long predominantly black, and efforts to deny its citizens their civil rights date back to Reconstruction.”

 

The 702,455 D.C. residents pay more than $26 billion in federal taxes, more than 22 states. As Barack Obama said during his presidency, “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else….There has been a long movement to get D.C. statehood and I’ve been for it for quite some time… I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do.”

 

224 members of the House of Representatives have co-sponsored companion legislation in the House (H.R. 51). 218 votes are needed to pass legislation.

 

D.C. Neighbors United for Statehood applauds the U.S. House for setting a floor vote and urges all remaining senators to join their 40 colleagues who have co-sponsored D.C. statehood. It’s time for them to stand up against the violent overreach by the Trump Administration against D.C. residents and sign onto the Washington D.C. Admissions Act.  

 

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DC Flag Day 2020!!!

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Neighbors United for DC Statehood will be hosting its virtual photo celebration on Flag Day, June 14, celebrating the DC flag and our pride in the District. We hope to also raise awareness about our desire to have our star added to the US flag as the 51st state. Check out great photos from  2013201420152017, 2018 and 2019

On Flag Day, June 14th, share your photos on Twitter or Instagram using the #DCFlagDay & #DCStatehood hashtags or email (unitedforstatehood@gmail.com) your photos to us before June 14th and we’ll share them @51stDC and on our Facebook page.

Photos should be fun and include the D.C. Flag and that’s about it. We love to see the creativity that people put towards this fun activity so do your best to shine!

In previous years this has been a contest with a series of categories to see which photos are the best. This year let’s just celebrate who we are, we we are from, and what we want to be: the 51st state. Please use the hashtags above and let’s have some fun on June 14, the weather is supposed to be great!!!

#DCFlagDay #DCStatehood

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Stand With The People in D.C.

If you want to do something for D.C. Statehood here’s something quick & easy:

  1. Use use this text
  2. Call, email, tweet the below Senators/Senate staffers asking that they/their boss  cosponsor S. 631.
  3. Ask friends & family in their states to contact them as well.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

202.224.2921

Joe_Gaeta@whitehouse.senate.gov

@SenWhitehouse

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)

202.224.4642

Renuka_Nagaraj@reed.senate.gov

@SenJackReed

Senator Angus King (I-ME)

202.224.5344

Sanjay_Kane@king.senate.gov

@SenAngusKing

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

202.224.4521

Joe_Russell@sinema.senate.gov

@SenatorSinema

Senator Doug Jones (D-AL)

202.224.4124

@SenDougJones

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

202.224.3954

@Sen_JoeManchin

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Fairness

The Senate screwed the District of Columbia. 

Republicans in the SenaIMG_0432te intentionally labeled the District as a territory for Covid-19 relief funding which meant the District was shortchanged by $750,000,000. Yes, $750 MILLION!!! Unlike residents of the territories we, 700,000+ the people in DC, pay federal income taxes and contribute more in federal taxes than 22 states. Our treatment in relief funding is unfair, unjust, and purposefully vindictive. 

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) & Tom Carper (D-DE) are leading the effort to gain fair funding for D.C. in subsequent relief bills but they need our help. Three key Senators on the Committee that has “oversight” over the District have yet to sign on to the letter Senators Van Hollen and Carper wrote requesting fair funding nor have they signed on to the D.C. statehood bill (S. 631).

Please take 10 minutes today to contact these Senate offices (and family and friends in their states) and ask them to take a stand for FAIRNESS FOR THE PEOPLE IN DC. Your message can be short and sweet: 

“Please support fairness for the 700,000 people in DC by calling on Senate leadership to ensure fair funding for the District of Columbia and support fair voting rights by cosponsoring the D.C. statehood bill.”

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

(202) 224-6221

Staff Lead: Zephranie_Buetow@peters.senate.gov 

Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

(202) 224-6244

Staff Lead: Olga_Zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

(202) 224-4521

Staff Lead: Joe_Russell@sinema.senate.gov

FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY: Next Tuesday (May 5th) at 6pm, DC Vote is hosting a “Fighting for Equality Virtual Town Hall” which will include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Senator Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Virginia Case (League of Women Voters), Vanita Gupta (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), and more… Please join the Virtual Townhall by RSVPing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/519673162249686/

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Unity & Thanks

On Friday, April 10th, between 5-7pm let’s take the traditional Happy Hour time and turn it into a virtual two hours of giving thanks and showing unity across the District. These are perilous times making it even more important to unite and give thanks.

First and foremost, we hope you are staying safe and healthy by social distancing, teleworking, home schooling, and washing your hands! Please continue to stay home but also stay informed and updated by going to www.coronavirus.dc.gov 

Second, this is both a tough time from a public health perspective but also financially for many of our neighbors. There are great groups around D.C. providing food and other essential services to our neighbors in need such as Capital Area Foodbank, D.C. Central Kitchen, Bread for the City, CentroNia, Greater D.C. Daiperbank, World Central Kitchen and more so if you have the means to donate to them please do so before Friday at 7pm as they are on the front lines helping those most in need.

Third, let’s co-opt the Friday Happy Hour and turn it into a social distancing virtual D.C. Unity & Thanks Hour between 5-7pm. Take a moment on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #UnitedforDC to thank those on the front lines in DC working to help all of us in the fight against coronavirus. Share a photo of you, your family, or something else that shows your pride as a D.C. resident (or ally) and give thanks to those working tirelessly to keep us safe, healthy, feed, etc. 

 

Raise your D.C. Flag, or a glass, or a D.C. beer to say cheers to your friends, neighbors, and fellow denizens of D.C. who work hard to keep us safe and healthy! Use social media to show unity and pride in where we live and to give a word of thanks to those on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus whether it be the great workers at our hospitals, our first responders, teachers who are providing great virtual learning opportunities, grocery store employees, or some other person or group who deserve your thanks and ours. 

Let’s take time this Friday evening to show we are all doing our part by staying home, donating to good organizations, and raising a glass or a D.C. flag to say thanks to those who deserve it and to show that we are all in this together, as Neighbors United for D.C. (and for Statehood).

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