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Norton Challenges Republican Members of Congress to Match Support for Democracy in Venezuela with Support for Democracy in D.C.

Aug 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After several Republican Members of Congress released statements condemning sham elections in Venezuela and demanding democracy for its citizens, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said those Members should be consistent in their principles and support full democracy and voting rights for the Americans citizens living in the District of Columbia.

“The undemocratic actions taken by Nicolás Maduro and his henchmen are an outrageous power grab by an aspiring dictator, and I fully support the Venezuelan people as they continue to fight for their democratic rights,” Norton said.  “I ask Republicans who share my outrage about the denial of democracy in Venezuela to apply their principles to the District of Columbia, where 700,000 American citizens are denied voting rights and full self-government.”