Chairwoman Maloney’s Remarks in Support of H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act
Washington, D.C. (Apr. 21, 2021)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, spoke at a press conference on H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery.
Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney
H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act
April 21, 2021
Thank you very much. I am honored to be with you all today.
I would like to thank my dear friend and my fellow Oversight Committee Member, Congresswoman Norton, for her sustained advocacy on behalf of the people of the District of Columbia.
I would also like to thank Majority Leader Hoyer and Speaker Pelosi for their commitment to putting this bill on the floor of the House for a second time in two years.
Democrats have clearly stated the facts about the financial contributions that the residents of the District of Columbia have made to the United States.
We have made the case as to why this must happen, and why it should happen now.
Unfortunately, there is not one Republican cosponsor of this bill. Our Republican colleagues care more about partisanship, than they do about giving 712,000 Americans voting rights.
Think about this argument. They are willing to violate the core principles of our democracy merely because the senators that D.C. elects may be from a different political party.
Adding D.C. as a state should not be about politics. It is about equality and democracy, and Congress has a responsibility to ensure all Americans are given the full rights promised by the Constitution.
Now is the time to right a historic wrong.
It is time to finally give a voice to the Americans in the District of Columbia.
I want to close by again commending Congresswoman Norton for her leadership on this issue and I look forward to working closely with her to ensure that this historic legislation is finally signed into law.