Ask Congress to support DC Statehood
The DC statehood bill has been introduced in the House (HR 1291) and the Senate (S 1278) in the 115th Congress. The bill reflects the constitution, borders, and name approved by District voters (244,000 people or 86% of the vote) in November 2016. In the 115th Congress Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is the lead sponsor for HR 1291, Washington, DC Admission Act in the House of Representatives and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) is the lead sponsor of the statehood bill in the US Senate.
We encourage all Americans, not just those of us in D.C., to contact members of the House and Senate and urge the to support and cosponsor the Washington, DC Admission Act and thus support full equality for 681,000 American citizens who are taxed but not represented.
DC citizens can't achieve statehood on our own. We need the support of citizens across the country to achieve the rights other Americans take for granted.
Sample Script for calling the Senate or House
Hello, my name is ___________ and I live in _________. I’m calling to urge the Senator/Representative to oppose all legislation that would infringe on the right of citizens of the District of Columbia to govern themselves. Additionally, I urge the Senator/Representative to cosponsor legislation that would grant statehood to the 681,000 people of the District.
Sample Script for Email
My name is __________ and I live in ____________. I am writing to urge the Senator/Representative to oppose all legislation that would infringe on the right of citizens of the District of Columbia to govern themselves. Additionally, I urge the Senator/Representative to cosponsor the Washington, DC Admission Act (S 1278/HR 1291) which would grant statehood to the 681,000 people of the District.
The District has a population larger than the states of Wyoming and Vermont and pays more than $26 billion in federal taxes, more than 22 states, yet has no voting representation in Congress. The people of the District deserve fair and equal treatment in our democracy nothing more, nothing less.
I urge the Senator/Representative support equality for the people of the District by opposing all legislation aimed at undermining its autonomy and by becoming a cosponsor of legislation to make it a state in the union.