WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leaders Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) released the following statement after the Senate voted today 62-34 to end debate and allow a final vote on legislation to give the District of Columbia a voting representative in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Today’s Senate action on the DC House Voting Rights Act is a major breakthrough that moves us closer to righting a 200-year old wrong that is contradictory to our American ideals at best, and at worst, a denial of democracy for 600,000 citizens living in the District of Columbia.
“I applaud the leadership of the bill’s Senate sponsors, Senators Lieberman and Hatch, and the commitment of Senate Majority Leader Reid to move it promptly through that chamber. In the House, the Judiciary Committee will mark-up Rep. Norton’s legislation tomorrow, and I expect to bring the bill to a vote on the House floor next week.”