D. C. Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large) announced today that a bill has been introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives to support making D.C. the fifty-first state of the United States.
“The fight for voting rights for District residents must expand to be successful,” said Councilmember Catania. “The bill now filed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is the beginning of that expansion. The opponents of District statehood and voting rights will hear from our fellow Americans that the injustice perpetrated daily against District residents must not continue.”
The author of the bill, Rep. Cindy Rosenwald (D-22nd District) has long been a champion of District voting rights, Catania said. Rosenwald’s legislation details the contributions of District residents to the nation including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country while they were denied full democratic representation.
"It is fundamentally unfair that 600,000 United States citizens are subject to taxation without representation,” said Rep. Rosenwald. “This is especially outrageous when citizens of the District have volunteered to defend our freedoms around the world."
Catania said he and then-Mayor Adrian Fenty, then-Council Chair Vincent Gray, and seven other councilmembers testified in 2008 before the New Hampshire House of Representatives on HR26, which expressed support for the District’s effort to obtain voting representation in the United States Congress.
HR26 was co-authored by Rosenwald, Rep. James Splaine, and Senator Martha Fuller Clark