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For Immediate Release

Natalia Pérez Santos,

AFSCME Praises House Vote to Admit District of Columbia as 51st State


AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement praising House passage of the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51):

"It is long past due for the residents of the District of Columbia to have the same rights and freedoms as every other American living in the 50 states. It is unacceptable that more than 700,000 D.C. residents, nearly half of whom are African American, pay some of the highest federal taxes in the country yet continue to be disenfranchised, lacking the self-governing autonomy, full voting rights and representation in Congress they deserve. This injustice flies in the face of our nation's founding principles and denies justice and equity to a population larger than that of several states. AFSCME urges the Senate to pass the Washington, D.C. Admission Act immediately."

AFSCME members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

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