Autonomy and Statehood for the District of Columbia No. 231
Statehood and a Constitution for the District of Columbia were endorsed by its citizens over twenty years ago and have languished since that time. The citizens of the District of Columbia pay the second highest per capita income tax in the nation. In 1993, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton won the right to vote in the Committee of the Whole of the House of Representatives, a right which was withdrawn when the Republicans took control of the House. The Congress still retains the right to veto any legislation passed by the Council of the District of Columbia and revise the District’s budget.
- Therefore, ADA:Supports legislation to admit New Columbia as the 51st state.
- Supports legislation that will give the citizens of the District of Columbia autonomy by eliminating Congressional oversight of its budget and the thirty-day period in which Congress can override any legislation passed by the City Council.
- Supports full voting rights in the House and the Senate for the District.
- Urges all its members to carry the Taxation Without Representation message back to their congressional delegations, organizations, and neighbors and urge their support of these goals.
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No. 231 Political and Governmental Commission