D.C. Could Get Vote in Congress This WeekApril 18th, 2010
On Friday, residents of the District of Columbia observed Emancipation Day. The annual local celebration commemorated the 148th anniversary of the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in DC.
This year, activists used the occasion to build final momentum towards next week’s congressional vote when members of the House of Representatives will vote on whether or not the District of Columbia will be granted a vote in Congress.
Right now, the city is represented in Congress by D.C. delegate Eleanor Homes Norton but she does not vote.
President Obama supports voting rights for D.C. residents. The President said, “I urge Congress to finally pass legislation that provides D.C. residents with voting representation and to take steps to improve the Home Rule Charter.”
Also on Friday, Obama was presented a copy of Lincoln’s proclamation that freed slaves in Washington. It will be kept and displayed in the Oval Office at the White House.
Do you think it’s a good idea for the District of Columbia to have a voting member in Congress even though it is not a state?