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Congressional Meddling in DC FY 2018 budget Part 2 E-mail

The House appropriations Committee marked up the FY 2018 budget for the District of Columbia on July 14, 2017. D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a press release on July 18, after the Committee released its budget resolution. She called out Republicans for their "bright light hypocrisy" in treating the District of Columbia differently from state and local governments. The bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee would prohibit D.C. from using local funds on marijuana rules and regulations and abortions for low-income residents and would repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity law and budget autonomy referendum.

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Celebrate Memorial Day By Urging Congress to Remember Members of the Military from D.C. E-mail

On May 25, 2017, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced House Resolution 365 to recognize the denial of full voting rights in Congress for active duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans, and their families who are District of Columbia residents.

Please urge Congress to enact H.R.1291 and S. 1278 which provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. to the Union. The residents of the District of Columbia should be full American citizens and share in the benefitis, not just the burdens, of being an American citizen. That can only happen by making the residential and commerical parts of D.C. the 51st state.

As Delegate Norton notes in H. Res. 365, residents of the District of Columbia have served in the United States military and National Guard since the beginning of this nation, often giving their lives for their country, only to be denied the right to govern themselves enjoyed by all Americans who are citizens of a state. District residents have been denied their rights for over two centuries! This is a travesty that must be corrected. For the text of H. Res. 365, read more.

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Oppression of American citizens in D.C. by Congress E-mail

Ward 3 resident and statehood advocate, David Bardin, wrote an opinion piece for the Forest Hills Connection on some of the history behind the denial of the right to self-government to, and disenfranchisement of, the people of the District of Columbia. Learn a little about the role of slavery and racism in the plight of the residents of D.C. and why we need statehood to make us full American citizens.

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D.C. Emancipation Day Gives U.S. Taxpayers More Time to File E-mail

Washington Post reporter Perry Stein explains why all American taxpayers have the thank the District of Columbia for causing them to have three extra days to complete their annual income tax forms.  The reason --D.C.'s one local legal holiday, D.C.Emancipation Day, occurs on the weekend and so is celebrated on Monday, April 17, making Tuesday, April 18, the first regular business day on or after April 15, 2017. To find out what what Emancipation Day celebrates and commemorates, read more.

 

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D.C. Council hearing on FY 2018 Statehood Funding E-mail

On April 11, 2017, the D.C. Council"s Committee on Government Operations held a heareing on the budget of the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) and the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia, among other agencies, that administer various statehood related funds.

Beverly Perry of the Office of the Senior Advisor to the Mayor testified about the one time request for FY 2018 for $952,000 "in the Agency Management program to support the Statehood Campaign Initiative, which aims to increase awareness and education of District of Columbia local democracy and statehood issues by executing a bi-partisan and sustainable national education and awareness compaign.” This amount consists of $856,000 in nonpersonal service costs and $96,000 in personal services costs to support one additional FTE who will function as the Associate Advocacy Director. Lauren Vaughn, Secretary of the District of Columbia, testified about the $200,000 in statehood grants she will be awarding in May 2017.

Among the citizens who testified were David Bardin and Ann Loikow.  To see their testimony, read more.

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