House Takes Historic Stand with D.C. Statehood Vote
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WASHINGTON — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on today’s historic vote for D.C. statehood in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“In a historic vote, the House voted to grant equal rights for the citizens of the District of Columbia. This watershed moment is a critical step in ending the second-class citizenship of D.C. residents and granting its 700,000 residents a meaningful voice in the nation’s legislature.
“Until D.C. residents have a vote in Congress, the efforts of the civil rights movement – to guarantee people the right to vote, to have it counted, and to actually have it count for something – will remain incomplete. It is time for the Senate to act swiftly and pass H.R. 51.”
Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in support of H.R. 51, The Washington, D.C. Admission Act.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.