One Vote Isn't Enough, Thomas Says
Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) released a statement moments ago saying he applauded Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's efforts on The Hill, but he was quick to add that a vote is not going to be enough for representation of District residents.
"While bill H.R. 157 signals a very welcomed move toward exploring full U.S. citizenship for District residents, we must maintain our resolve and keep our eyes on the prize of full voting representation in both houses of our Congress," the statement said.
Section two of H.R. 157 would limit the Congressional rights of the District of Columbia to one voting member in the United States House of Representatives.
"We in our nation's capital deserve the full rights and privileges of all our country's people as we continue to dutifully accept all similar obligations," Thomas said in the news release. "Full representation in our Congress is an inalienable right of an American citizen, and I pledge to support expanding this bill to accomplish this goal."
January 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: D.C. Council , Voting Rights
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