Chairman Mendelson testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on S.132, the New Columbia Admissions Act of 2013. Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum
Happy Tuesday, Mendelson Post readers! Monday marked the official end of the Council’s recess and while Council hearings are just now starting up again, Phil, along with Mayor Gray, Congresswoman Norton, and other District residents, took to Capitol Hill yesterday to present the case for DC statehood during a hearing for S.132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Carper (D-DE), the Chairman of the Committee, would shrink the federal District of Columbia to an area encompassing the National Mall, federal legislative and executive buildings, the Supreme Court, and military bases, while the rest of the current District would become the 51st state the State of New Columbia. The hearing by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was the first hearing on DC statehood in over two decades.
Phil, Mayor Gray, Congresswoman Norton, and statehood supporters pack the Dirksen Senate Office building to testify on behalf of DC Statehood. Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum.
Phil spoke on behalf of the DC Council on the first panel along with Mayor Gray and Congresswoman Norton. The three highlighted in their testimony the injustice of disenfranchisement for the nearly 650,000 residents of the District, whom are denied the right of representation in the national legislature, and the freedom from intrusion in their local affairs from legislative review to budget approval. No other capital in the free world is denied such representation in their national legislature.
Phil, Mayor Gray, Congresswoman Norton, and supporters in the hearing room of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum
Phil’s full testimony can be found on the Council website.
Congresswoman Norton, Mayor Gray, and Phil at the S.132 hearing. Photo courtesy of Lateef Mangum.
To find out more information on the DC’s push for statehood, please visit the official website of the Council of the District of Columbia or visit DC Vote, the District’s leading advocacy organization working for District voting rights.