People For the American Way

Senators Clear Path Toward Granting Full Representation For District Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2009

Contact: Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter at People For the American Way

Email: media@pfaw.org

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

Following today’s 62-34 cloture vote on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (S. 160), a bill that would give DC a representative with full voting rights in the House, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert released the following statement:

“I’m thrilled that the Senate finally seems to be ready to pass this legislation. It’s disgraceful that citizens of our nation’s capital have been denied a vote on critical issues of the day from equal pay for equal work to the important economic recovery act. Today’s cloture vote is an important step forward. I urge the Senate to resist efforts to stall this legislation with a legion of divisive amendments.

“It’s time that the nearly 600,000 American citizens living in the nation’s capital finally get a vote in the House. I look forward to this bill’s passage in both chambers of Congress, and enactment of the law.”

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