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DC House Voting Rights Act Considered in Senate Committee Tomorrow


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The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a hearing on the DC House Voting Rights Act (S. 1257) on Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00 AM. Hearing witnesses will include members of Congress, the mayor, civil rights leaders and others. The bill passed the House of Representatives on April 19.

 

"The Senate hearing lifts the DC House Voting Rights Act to new heights," said DC Vote Executive Director Ilir Zherka. "This issue of DC voting rights has become an issue of national importance and members of the Senate are working to correct this injustice. Americans across the country agree that it's time to give DC the vote, and the Senate is acting at a critical time."

 

In the Senate, the bipartisan DC House Voting Rights Act was introduced on May 1 by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Utah Senators Orrin Hatch ® and Bob Bennett ®. The legislation would give DC its first-ever voting member of Congress.

 

What: DC House Voting Rights Act (S. 1257) hearing in Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

 

When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00 AM

 

Where: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

 

List of witnesses:

 

Panel 1:

 

The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, Senator, U.S. Senate

The Honorable Tom Davis, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Adrian Fenty, Mayor, District of Columbia

Panel 2:

 

The Honorable Jack Kemp, Founder and Chairman, Kemp Partners

Wade Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Viet D. Dinh, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Jonathan R. Turley, J.B. And Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington University Law School

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