Unanimous Support by Democratic Leaders: Pass the DC Voting Rights Act
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November 21, 2006
Washington, DC - The Association of State Democratic Chairs unanimously passed a resolution supporting the enactment of the DC Voting Rights Act, H.R. 5388, legislation that would give DC residents a vote in Congress for the first time ever. The resolution was passed at a meeting held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this past weekend.
Terry Lierman, Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, proposed the resolution and championed its passage. Lierman is a long-time supporter of DC voting rights.
“We thank the state chairs for adding their voices to the call for immediate enactment of the DC Voting Rights Act,” said DC Vote Executive Director Ilir Zherka. “These leaders understand the urgent need to end the blemish on America's democracy. With support growing across the country, we can correct this injustice by the end of the year.”
Indications are strong that Congress will take up H.R. 5388 during the “lame duck” session in December, and this unanimous resolution from Democratic leaders adds to the already broad bipartisan support for the DC Voting Rights Act.
Recent statements of support made my Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as well as statements from the White House have boosted the bill’s momentum. Swift action and strong backing from Utah Governor Huntsman and the Utah state legislature are playing an important role in bringing this legislation to a vote.