Pelosi Statement on March for D.C. Voting Rights

April 16, 2007
Press Release

Washington, D.C.--Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this afternoon following today's march in support of voting rights for the District of Columbia:

'Today's rally affirms an enduring principle of our democracy: the right to be heard and represented.  For more than 200 years, the people of the District of Columbia have been denied full voting representation.  The bipartisan D.C. Vote legislation by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Congressman Tom Davis corrects a serious flaw in our democracy.

'America is at its best--and honors the cause of freedom and justice--when all voices are fully represented.  That must include the people of the District of Columbia.

'The efforts to politicize this issue of fundamental fairness disrespect the ideals of this nation and the people of the District of Columbia.  We will overcome this obstacle and pass this legislation.

'We must honor our democracy:  House Democrats will not rest until full voting representation in the House is granted to the District of Columbia.'