Rep. Johnson Supports H.R. 51, The Washington, D.C. Admission Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced his support of H.R. 51 – a bill admitting the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, named in honor of the great American statesman and nation’s foremost abolitionist Frederick Douglass, into the Union as the 51st state and give it voting representation in the Congress and full local self-government.
Watch Rep. Johnson’s floor speech HERE
The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and has 227 cosponsors.
The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state of the Union and reduce the size of the federal district. The new state would consist of 66 of the 68 square miles of the present-day federal district. The remaining two square miles would comprise the federal district – the “Capital” – and would include the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, principal federal monuments, and federal buildings adjacent to the National Mall.
“I was born in Washington, D.C. and spent my formative years here,” Rep. Johnson said. “I grew up knowing that when my parents voted in elections, their voices wouldn’t be heard.
“It’s not a coincidence that a largely Black city had their voices erased from the halls of this federal government. We obeyed the same laws and paid the same taxes as our fellow Americans, but we had no hope in taking part in the governing of America.
“It’s time to end the legal disenfranchisement of a population larger than the state of Wyoming and Vermont. This vote is long overdue. I intend to vote in favor of D.C. statehood, and I encourage my friends across the aisle to do the same.”