Today, the DC Delegate has a vote in the Committee of the Whole House.
Tomorrow, this partial right to vote – the only direct representation DC has had on the House floor in its entire history – will likely be revoked by House Republicans as they approve the House Rules of the 112th Congress. Speaker-designate Boehner needs to hear from you that this is unacceptable. From DC Vote:
On January 5, in the first hours of the 112th Congress, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives will likely silence the DC Delegate's voice in the Committee of the Whole House.
Call the incoming Speaker of the House, Representative John Boehner (R-OH) TODAY at 202.225.6205 and ask him to retain this important piece of DC's participation in the House.
Sample Call Script:
My name is ______ and I'm calling to ask Congressman Boehner [BAY-ner] to retain the DC Delegate vote in the Committee of the Whole.
DC residents pay full federal taxes, fight in wars and serve on juries, but have no voting representative.
It's taxation without representation. The Committee of the Whole is the only voice DC has when all the members of the House meet.
Please tell Congressman Boehner to retain the DC Delegate vote.Once you've called, please ask friends and family (especially in Ohio) to call also.
For a historical timeline of the District Delegate position, click here.
As Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) noted following last November’s elections:
The opportunity to vote in committees, now including the Committee of the Whole, is significant to the American citizens who live in the nation's capital and pay full federal taxes annually to support our federal government.
Maintaining the DC Delegate’s vote in the Committee of the Whole House is an important part of long-standing efforts to fully enfranchise our nation’s capital. Call now. 202-225-6205