Big step to DC statehood today
by Jerome Armstrong, Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 09:47:01 AM EST
This is a big step toward the District of Columbia becoming a state:
"Congress truly made history today," said Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director. "Not since the 1970's has a piece of DC voting rights legislation made it to the floor of the Senate. After years of protests, marches and calls to Congress, District residents are finally on their way to having their voices heard."
..."Victory is so close on this issue but the fight's not over yet," said Zherka. "There has been a lot of discussion about possible amendments to the Senate bill. We are calling upon the Senate to pass this bill without amendments."
DC Vote's mission is full congressional voting representation for District residents. Next on the group's agenda is working towards full democracy for DC.
"We will certainly be celebrating once the DC Voting Rights Act is passed," Zherka emphasized. "It will be a momentous win. But then, it's on to the business of defending any legal challenges to the legislation and looking towards future victories such as Senate representation and broader, local autonomy for the District."
It will go to the courts, and I would not be shocked to see it reversed; because its not really that great of a precedent, and it doesn't really entirely solve the problem. If that happens, then it will go back to Congress, and force the issue of statehood-- which it should.