Sunday, September 21, 2014

Support DC statehood? Submit testimony in support of S. 132 by Sept. 30.

If you support statehood for DC, Neighbors United for DC Statehood is encouraging you to officially register your support by submitting a statement for the record in support of S. 132, New Columbia Admission Act.   The deadline for submitting testimony is September 30.

You don't have to be an expert on the subject or the details of the bill.   Tell the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs that you believe DC residents deserve equal rights and equal status with the 50 states of the Union.   What you need to do:

  1. Type your testimony in a Word document.   Include your name and Washington, DC, not your full address.
  2. Email your testimony to   The email should include the subject "S. 132 Testimony", your testimony as an attachment (Word or PDF) and your name and address in the text of the email.   CC if you are comfortable with Neighbors United for DC Statehood posting your testimony on the Statehood Supporters page.

Want to read what those who testified September 15 before the Senate committee said?   Their written statements are on the hearing page.

And the summary, as introduced in the Senate January 24, 2013, is here:

New Columbia Admission Act - Sets forth procedures for admission into the United States of the state of New Columbia.

Requires the Mayor of the District of Columbia to: (1) submit to the eligible voters propositions for statehood and adoption of a State Constitution, and (2) issue a proclamation for the first elections to Congress of two Senators and one Representative of New Columbia. Requires the President, upon adoption of such propositions and certification of such elections, to issue a proclamation announcing the results and admitting New Columbia into the Union.

Provides for conversion of District government offices to state offices.

Provides that New Columbia shall consist of all territory of the District as of the enactment of this Act, excluding land within specified metes and bounds that shall remain the District of Columbia and that shall include the principal federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court Building, the federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building, and certain military property.

Prohibits New Columbia from imposing taxes on federal property except as provided by Congress.

Maintains the applicability to New Columbia of current District laws and continues pending judicial proceedings.

Maintains: (1) the District of Columbia as the seat of the federal government, and (2) the federal government's authority over military lands and specified other property.

Requires each state that is the last place an individual resided before residing in the District of Columbia to permit such individual to vote in federal elections by absentee ballot. Sets forth a rule for expedited consideration of a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution to repeal the 23rd amendment (which provides for the appointment of electors for President and Vice President for the District).

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