May 3, 2005: NORTON APPLAUDS DAVIS BILL AND RISING BIPARTISANSHIP ON D.C. VOTING RIGHTS

Jan 10, 2006
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2005

NORTON APPLAUDS
DAVIS BILL AND RISING BIPARTISANSHIP ON D.C. VOTING RIGHTS

Washington, DC--Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement on the voting rights bill reintroduced by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) today.    

“My thanks to Representative Tom Davis and his cosponsors for introducing his D.C. voting rights bill today for the second time.  Tom’s bill has helped raise awareness that voting rights must never be a partisan matter.  That is the strong message as well of the D.C. voting rights bills introduced by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Ralph Regula (R-OH), and I hope and expect that they will reintroduce their bills this session as well.  The more bills the merrier has real meaning for D.C. voting rights, and Tom’s bill today and the others are important signs of progress.         

“Many thanks as well to Tom and our two other Republican colleagues, who joined me in March in sending a Dear Colleague to all House Members reporting a nationwide DC Vote poll that showed that, regardless of political party, region, ethnicity or gender, 82 percent of Americans support equal voting rights for D.C. citizens.

“When added to the No Taxation Without Representation Act that Senator Joe Lieberman and I simultaneously introduced in January, D.C. again will have four bills on the same subject, and multiple bills on voting rights or on any issue before the Congress always signals rising interest and movement forward.  Having met our responsibility to stake out and maintain the entitlement of D.C. residents to equal representation, Senator Lieberman and I will continue to work with Tom and the other voting rights sponsors to seize the first opportunity to achieve the strongest bill we can.”