Majority Leader Hoyer: Republican Stunt on DC Bill Shows Contempt for Taxpaying American Citizens

For Immediate Release:

March 22, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding the DC Vote bill that was debated on the Floor today.  House Republicans used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the bill that would give DC citizens representation in the House:

"Today, House Republicans have shown contempt for the half-a-million taxpaying citizens of Washington, DC, who do not have representation in Congress – contradicting the basic founding principles of our nation.

"This temporary delay achieves no other goal than to demonstrate once again that House Republicans are indifferent to the injustice that exists right at the Capitol's own doorstep, and perpetuates the international embarrassment of treating the people of our nation's capital as second-class citizens.

"Democrats are committed to addressing this issue as soon as possible."

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