An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Support the inclusion of Washington D.C. as a state and abolish the filibuster

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As a voting constituent, I urge you to abolish the filibuster and support HR51 / S51, the Washington D.C. Admission Act. 700,000 citizens, a population greater than Vermont and Wyoming, reside in Washington D.C. District of Columbia residents have been paying federal taxes without full representation in congress for over 100 years. In 2019, the House passed a bill to endorse statehood for the 700,000+ residents of our nation’s capital to grant them the same rights as other American citizens -- but Republican Majority Leader and the obstructive Senate filibuster blocked it. The Senate filibuster means that a few unaccountable senators can deprive DC’s majority-Black and brown residents of their rights for racist and partisan reasons -- and they’ve been doing just that for decades. DC residents already bear all the responsibilities of full U.S. citizenship -- they pay federal taxes, serve on juries and in the U.S. military, and work hard to build safe, strong communities where they live. DC’s lack of statehood also means that the laws and budgets they pass have to be approved by Congress -- where they lack voting representation. We can’t let an outdated Senate rule get in the way of the rights DC residents deserve. That’s why we’re fighting to make DC the 51st state with 51 votes in the Senate. If a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate is enough to confirm a Supreme Court justice, it should be enough to make the District of Columbia the 51st state and grant full representation to its residents. DC deserves a voice in Congress and control over their own local laws. Courageously abolish the filibuster and stand for including the voices of all US citizens, support the residents of Washington D.C., and the institution of American democracy with your support for HR 51 / S51 Thank you,

First sent on February 24 by Indivisible Harlem

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