Wearing a "D.C. 51" face mask, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ahead of the House vote on statehood for Washington, D.C. that voting for statehood reaffirms the truth that "all deserve a voice in our democracy."
SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: By voting for DC statehood, the house of representatives reaffirms this truth that all deserve a voice in our democracy. To hear Congresswoman Holmes Norton talk about equality for the people of the District of Columbia. Equality because of equal representation in the Congress. I salute her, the patron Saint of DC statehood. I thank her for her decades of persistent dissatisfied leadership, HR51 has a record breaking number of original co-sponsors. Congratulations.
Again, I thank our leader, Mr. Hoyer has been relentless in this fight as well. Chair Carolyn Maloney and Chair Carper, the author of the legislation in the Senate. Our founders built our democracy on a simple promise that every American should have a voice in our government from city hall to the halls of Congress.