DC Mayor Bowser announced oone day before DC Emancipation Day - April 15, 2016 - that the new DC Statehood Commission would launch a DC Statehood referendum campaign. It made each DC resident a "delegate" to vote on DC Statehood Constitutional Convention to be held on June 17 - 18 (location and more information on statehood.dc.gov. Starting Tuesday, June 1, each ward will have a DC Statehood Constituion townhall where input is sought for the draft Constitution - constitution again on statehood.dc.gov. Comments can also be made on that site. The referendum will be on the November DC ballot. IT IS URGENT THAT ALL DC RESIDENTS BE INVOLVED IN THIS IMPORTANT PROCESS and GIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THE PROCESS AND THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF. The Commission's phone number is: (202) 724-7173 - Fax: (202) 727-0278!!!
On May 25, 2016, U.S. House Republican voted to repeal the 2013 Budget Autonomy Law passed overwhelmingly in 2013 by over 82% of voters. Led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) the party line vote proved some Congressmembers' disdain for democracy for DC residents. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) gave the repeal effort his full support stating that the Republicans would not tolerate DC'S efforts at self-government Many Democrat representatives defended DC law but lost the vote on a strict party line. The vote confirms that until DC becomes the 51st State, it is a colony, and it's residents are political slaves, less than 3/5ths of a citizen! DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton expressed confidence that the US Senate would not vote for the Meadows repeal. President Obama stated that he would veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
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