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D.C. Statehood Gains Support in New Hampshire! E-mail

D.C. Council Member David Catania  reported in his June 17, 2011 constituent newsletter:

D.C. Has a Friend in New Hampshire

June 7, 2011 - 02:57 pm

D. C. Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large) announced today that a bill has been introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives to support making D.C. the fifty-first state of the United States.

“The fight for voting rights for District residents must expand to be successful,” said Councilmember Catania. “The bill now filed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is the beginning of that expansion. The opponents of District statehood and voting rights will hear from our fellow Americans that the injustice perpetrated daily against District residents must not continue.”

The author of the bill, Rep. Cindy Rosenwald (D-22nd District) has long been a champion of District voting rights, Catania said. Rosenwald’s legislation details the contributions of District residents to the nation including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country while they were denied full democratic representation.

"It is fundamentally unfair that 600,000 United States citizens are subject to taxation without representation,” said Rep. Rosenwald. “This is especially outrageous when citizens of the District have volunteered to defend our freedoms around the world."

Catania said he and then-Mayor Adrian Fenty, then-Council Chair Vincent Gray, and seven other councilmembers testified in 2008 before the New Hampshire House of Representatives on HR26, which expressed support for the District’s effort to obtain voting representation in the United States Congress.

HR26 was co-authored by Rosenwald, Rep. James Splaine, and Senator Martha Fuller Clark.

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New Hampshire resolution supports D.C. statehood

Published on June 7, 2011


A New Hampshire state representative has introduced a resolution into that state's legislature championing full statehood for the District, D.C. Council member David A. Catania announced in an afternoon press release. Full text follows:

District of Columbia Statehood Bill Filed in New Hampshire House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large) was informed by New Hampshire State Representative Cindy Rosenwald (D-22nd District) that her bill, “A Resolution expressing support for admitting the District of Columbia as the fifty-first State of the United States of America”, was officially filed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill would formally declare the New Hampshire House of Representatives’ support for full representative democracy for citizens of the District of Columbia.

"The fight for voting rights for District residents must expand to be successful," said Councilmember Catania. "The bill now filed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives is the beginning of that expansion. The opponents of District statehood and voting rights will hear from our fellow Americans that the injustice perpetrated daily against District residents must not continue."

Catania commended the bill’s author, Representative Rosenwald, who has long been a champion of District voting rights.  Rosenwald’s legislation details the contributions of District residents to the nation including those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country while they were denied full democratic representation.

"It is fundamentally unfair that 600,000 United States citizens are subject to taxation without representation,” said Representative Rosenwald. “This is especially outrageous when citizens of the District have volunteered to defend our freedoms around the world."

The bill will be assigned to a committee, receive a public hearing, and be voted on by the House of Representatives.  The New Hampshire House of Representative rules dictate that every bill receive both a public hearing and floor vote.

In early 2008, Rosenwald along with Representative James Splaine and Senator Martha Fuller Clark introduced House Resolution 26.  HR26 expressed support for the District’s effort to obtain voting representation in the United States Congress. Councilmember Catania led a delegation including then-Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Chair Vincent Gray, and other seven other Councilmembers to testify before the New Hampshire House of Representatives on HR26.

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http://dcist.com/2011/06/nh_legislator_introduces_bill_suppo.php

N.H. Legislator Introduces Bill Supporting D.C. Statehood

Live free -- and show solidarity -- or die: New Hampshire State Representative Cindy Rosenwald has filed a bill which would "formally declare the New Hampshire House of Representatives' support for full representative democracy for citizens of the District of Columbia."
"It is fundamentally unfair that 600,000 United States citizens are subject to taxation without representation," Rosenwald said through a statement released by Councilmember David Catania's office. "This is especially outrageous when citizens of the District have volunteered to defend our freedoms around the world." (We'd love to provide you with an electronic copy of the bill, but it hasn't yet been uploaded to the House's online database. Snagged a copy -- it's below.)
This isn't the first time that Rosenwald has offered ceremonial support for the District's battle for autonomy -- back in 2008, the New Hampshire House considered a similar measure and Catania, then-mayor Adrian Fenty, then-council Chair Vincent Gray and several Councilmembers testified in front of the House's State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs committee, which eventually approved the legislation.
Still, we appreciate the sentiment -- to show our appreciation, we'll have to name an avenue after the state or something.

HR 26 – AS INTRODUCED

2011 SESSION

HOUSE RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION expressing support for admitting the District of Columbia as the fifty-first State of the United States of America.

SPONSORS:

COMMITTEE:

ANALYSIS

This resolution expresses support for admitting the District of Columbia as the fifty-first State of the United States of America.

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven

A RESOLUTION expressing support for admitting the District of Columbia as the fifty-first State of the United States of America.

Whereas, over 600,000 citizens of the District of Columbia pay taxes to the federal government but are denied voting representation in the Congress of the United States; and

Whereas, over 192,000 citizens of the District of Columbia have fought in our armed forces in service to our nation; and

Whereas, the Federal Government has seen fit to send its armed forces, among them District of Columbia citizens, to fight on foreign soil in support and defense of democratic ideals while denying the residents of our own national capital the right of legislative representation; and

Whereas, those efforts to spread liberty and democracy to the far corners of the globe are undermined and diminished by the denial of democratic rights to over 600,000 citizens of the United States of America; and

Whereas eight service members from the District of Columbia have lost their lives in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; and

Whereas, the United States is the only nation in the world with a representative, democratic constitution that denies voting representation in the national legislature to the citizens of the capital; and

Whereas, the District of Columbia is the only political and geographical entity within the United States whose citizens bear the full responsibilities of citizenship without sharing in the appropriate privileges of citizenship; and

Whereas, this body is a shining example of representational democracy; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the New Hampshire House of Representatives declares its support for admitting the District of Columbia as the fifty-first State of the United States of America; and

That the New Hampshire House of Representatives formally declares its support for full representative democracy for the citizens of the District of Columbia; and

That the house clerk transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States of America, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, so that they may be apprised of the sentiments of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on this matter.


 
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