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Vote React: Michael Brown

Feb. 26:

"We have overcome another hurdle in our quest for full voting rights and our ultimate goal of statehood for the District of Columbia. The Senate has recognized the injustices that have plagued our residents for more than 200 years and we look forward to the final passage of this bill, which represents a significant step towards obtaining our full rights as citizens of these United States.

The Senate's decision affirms what District residents have known for centuries that we are full Americans and as such must be afforded all rights, privileges and responsibilities that accompany our citizenship.

While the passage of this bill is a significant step forward, it still reflects the arcane views of some Senators towards the District's ability to self govern. To attach a gun amendment which would limit the District's authority to restrict firearms, repeal the D.C. semiautomatic gun ban and remove gun-registration requirements, is reckless and must be removed at the next phase. For those who still feel compelled to push their ideological agenda at the expense of D.C., we say we will not be deterred or thwarted by your efforts to muddy the waters. We will continue our fight for self determination and self governance! We have a long way to go and we look forward to the House action next week.

On behalf of the District residents, I extend a very special appreciation to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressional leaders, Council Chairman Vincent Gray, my Council colleagues, D.C.'s Shadow delegation, advocacy groups, D.C. taxpayers and the many other groups and individuals who have worked so hard for today's victory."

By Marcia Davis  |  February 27, 2009; 6:45 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Voting Rights  
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