FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2021
Now Is The Time for DC Statehood
WASHINGTON — On the first day of the 117th Congress, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the Washington, D.C. Admission Act of 2021, which would make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence enthusiastically endorses statehood for the District of Columbia, as it historically has.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Federal Affairs Dakota Jablon issued the following statement:
“As we enter a new Congress, 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia are still being denied equal voting representation in their 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 past time to make D.C. the 51st state in the nation because doing so has practical, day to day implications for the safety of D.C. residents and the millions of visitors who come to this city every year.
“Washington, D.C., is one of the many cities across the nation that saw a rise in gun violence in 2020. But unlike other cities, because of its lack of statehood, D.C. is unable to create and implement its own gun violence prevention policies and measures without review from Congress. For far too long, conservative politicians from other states — who serve in Washington as temporary guests of the city — have meddled in D.C.’s local efforts to create life-saving gun violence prevention policies.
“D.C. statehood overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress and was one of the many popular bills ignored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. We should not delay any longer. Now is the time to give the 700,000 citizens in the nation’s capital full and equal representation in Congress. We applaud the incredibly hard work of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in making this a top priority in the new Congress and encourage elected officials from both parties to give D.C residents the representation they deserve and make D.C. the 51st state in the United States of America.”