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Thomas Applauds House Pulling DC Voting Rights from Schedule

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    Council of the District of Columbia Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Tommy Thomas, Jr. For Immediate Release April 20, 2010 Contact:  Victoria
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      For Immediate Release
      April 20, 2010
      Contact: Victoria A. Leonard
      202.727.8204 (desk) -- 202.403.7866 (cell)
      vleonard@...

      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.



      officialphoto.JPGHarry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr. represents Ward 5 on the Councilof the District of Columbia. 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.




      Office of Ward 5
      Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.
      WilsonBuilding - Room 107
      1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
      Washington DC  20004

       Tel: 202/724-8028  -  Fax: 202/724-8076
      Email: hthomas@...


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