Obama urges lawmakers to give Washington DC voting rights
From Talking Points Memo
US President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Friday to pass legislation, due to come up next week, giving the US capital’s estimated 600,000 residents a member of Congress with full voting rights.
“Although (Washington) DC residents pay federal taxes and serve honorably in our armed services, they do not have a vote in Congress or full autonomy over local issues,” he said.
“And so I urge Congress to finally pass legislation that provides (Washington) DC residents with voting representation and to take steps to improve the Home Rule Charter,” said Obama.
The US House of Representatives was on track to take up the legislation next week.
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