WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, marking a historic step toward full representation for the more than 700,000 residents in D.C., a majority of them Black and Brown. In response, Stand Up America Founder and President Sean Eldridge issued the following statement:
“We applaud House Democrats for embracing full citizenship and representation for the District of Columbia’s residents with this historic vote.
“For far too long, D.C.’s residents, a majority of whom are people of color, have been denied equal representation in Congress and a full voice in the laws that govern them. It’s outrageous that Ted Cruz or other right-wing federal lawmakers elected thousands of miles away have control over D.C.’s local laws—from housing policy to protecting reproductive rights to gun control.
“This momentum for D.C. statehood must continue—and it’s now time to abolish the legislative filibuster to make D.C. statehood possible with 51 votes in the Senate.”
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Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to strengthen our democracy and oppose Trump’s corrupt agenda, Stand Up America has driven over 1.3 million calls to lawmakers and mobilized tens of thousands of protestors across the country.