Norton Statement on Supreme Court Decision in D.C. House Voting Rights Case

Oct 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision on voting representation in the House for District of Columbia residents (Castañon).

“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court today summarily affirmed a three-judge panel’s ruling that D.C. residents do not have a constitutional right to voting representation in the House,” Norton said. “However, the ruling has no bearing on the constitutionality of D.C. statehood, which would give D.C. residents voting representation in the House and Senate and full control over their local affairs. In fact, the three-judge panel expressly referred to statehood as a remedy for D.C. residents.

“In 2016, D.C. residents voted overwhelmingly for statehood, and the House has passed my D.C. statehood bill twice since June 2020. We have record support for D.C. statehood in the Senate, and we have never been closer to statehood. Thank you to the D.C. residents who served as plaintiffs and their pro bono attorneys for their efforts in this case.”

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