Whip's Report E-Newsletter ● Human and Civil Rightsfacebooktwitterbirdemail
For Immediate Release: 
April 20, 2007
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This week, Congress at long last passed legislation to give residents of the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House of Representatives, righting a 200-year wrong.  More than 500,000 U.S. citizens who have been disenfranchised - despite the fact that they serve in our armed forces and pay federal taxes like every other American - are now one step closer to having the equal voting rights they deserve.

The House also passed two business-oriented pieces of legislation this week.  One will help small businesses on the Gulf Coast, the other will improve corporate accountability to shareholders. 
Next week, the House will consider two bills that are part of our Innovation Agenda, which will work to ensure that America is prepared to compete in the 21st century global economy.  Work will also continue on the Iraq supplemental spending bill that will fully fund our troops and hold Iraqis accountable to benchmarks for success.
On a final note, let me again reiterate my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of this week's tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.  On this day of mourning, our thoughts and prayers remain with all those who are struggling to cope with this tragedy.
Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer

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