A Historic Step: House Passes DC Statehood Act
Washington, DC (June 26, 2020) — Today, the House of Representatives took an important first step towards the District of Columbia becoming America’s 51st state. HR 51 passed the House by a mostly party-line vote.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Federal Affairs Dakota Jablon issued the following statement:
“For too long, the 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia have been denied voting representation in Congress. These are citizens of America who pay taxes and serve in the military but lack representation in our nation’s highest legislative body. It is time to grant these American citizens the representation they deserve and make DC the 51st state in the nation.
“Like cities across our country, DC is home to communities that are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. Unlike other cities, because of its lack of statehood, DC is unable to create and implement their own gun violence prevention policies and measures without review from Congress — which at times can be extremely hostile to DC and its residents. There is absolutely no reason why a Congressman from Alaska or Senator from Florida should be allowed to meddle in DC’s local efforts to create life-saving gun violence prevention policies.
“Now is the time to give the 700,000 citizens in the nation’s capital full and equal representation in Congress. We applaud the passage of HR 51 and the incredibly hard work of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is a long overdue step, but it is a vitally important one.