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Obama Backs Voting Rights Bill

President Barack Obama issued a statement this Emancipation Day morning urging passage of the D.C. House Voting Rights Act, by far his most full-throated and concrete effort in support of congressional voting rights for the District. It reads;

On this occasion, we remember the day in 1862 when President Lincoln freed the enslaved people of Washington, DC – nine months before he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.   I am proud that an original copy of that document now hangs in the Oval Office, and we remain forever grateful as a nation for the struggles and sacrifices of those Americans who made that emancipation possible.
Americans from all walks of life are gathering in Washington today to remind members of Congress that although DC residents pay federal taxes and serve honorably in our armed services, they do not have a vote in Congress or full autonomy over local issues.  And so I urge Congress to finally pass legislation that provides DC residents with voting representation and to take steps to improve the Home Rule Charter.

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  • Typical DC BS

    "And along with voting rights, let's give back the right to own guns to every law abiding citizen and keep them in proper working order, just like every crook in DC."

  • Keith B

    And along with gun rights, let's give back the right to pass our own gun laws, just like every other state.

  • Typical DC BS

    Yep, DC's gun laws have worked SO WELL, haven't they?


    they are US citizens - they deserve to be represented.

  • 7starbag

    In god we trust US people must have the voting right

    welcome to my store

    you will have a discount if you come from washingtoncitypaper

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