Thomas Applauds House Pulling DC Voting Rights from Schedule
For Immediate Release
April 20, 2010
Contact: Victoria A. Leonard
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Thomas Applauds Decision to Pull DC Voting Rights Bill from House Schedule
Washington, D.C. - Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. today applauded the decision of Congressional leaders to remove the DC voting rights bill from the House of Representative's schedule. In particular, Councilmember Thomas thanked Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for changing course.
The original DC voting rights bill under consideration, which Congresswoman Norton endorsed, would have included an amendment gutting the District's gun-control laws and removing the city council's right to legislate firearms restrictions. When Norton learned that Congressional and Senate leaders had been gearing up to revise the bill's gun amendment to further weaken the District's gun control laws, she pulled her support for the bill.
Councilmember Thomas has been steadfast in his opposition to the House bill because it does not go far enough in providing the inalienable rights enumerated in the Constitution to the residents of the District of Columbia. "The District of Columbia deserves to be the 51st state," said Councilmember Thomas. "We, the residents of the District of Columbia, must be given full voting rights and privileges in both the House and Senate. Our disenfranchisement must come to an end." stated Thomas.
Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. represents Ward 5 on the . Thomas chairs the Council's Committee on Libraries, Parks, and Recreation. He sits on four additional committees: Workforce Development and the Environment, Aging and Community Affairs, Housing and Workforce Development, and Public Services and Consumer Affairs.