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____________________________ Chairman Kwame R. Brown

_____________________________ Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.

____________________________ Councilmember Michael A. Brown

_____________________________ Councilmember Yvette Alexander

____________________________ Councilmember Marion Barry

_____________________________ Councilmember Muriel Bowser

____________________________ Councilmember David Catania

_____________________________ Councilmember Mary M. Cheh

_____________________________ Councilmember Jack Evans

_____________________________ Councilmember Jim Graham

_____________________________ Councilmember Phil Mendelson

______________________________ Councilmember Tommy Wells

A PROPOSED RESOLUTION ___________ IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ___________ To declare the sense of the Council to encourage our Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce legislation calling on Congress to use its powers under Article IV, Section 3, of the United States Constitution and admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union Resolution of 2011. RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the “Sense of the Council on Calling on Congress to Admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union Resolution of 2011”.

Sec. 2. The Council finds that: 1

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(a)

The United States of America was founded on the belief that all people are

endowed with certain inalienable rights and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed. (b) The rights of the residents of the District of Columbia are abridged when the

United States Congress imposes its will on local matters and denies us voting representation on federal issues in both houses of the U.S. Congress. (c) The people of the District of Columbia are the only Americans who still bear all

the responsibilities of citizenship, including local sovereignty and representation in both houses of Congress, making the District, in effect, a colony under Congressional jurisdiction. (d) Statehood will ensure that residents of the District of Columbia enjoy full sovereign rights in state and local matters, voting representation in both houses of the U.S. Congress, and an unrestricted vote for President, just like every other citizen of the United States of America. (e) It is the sense of the Council to encourage our Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce legislation calling on Congress to use its powers under Article IV, Section 3, of the United States Constitution and admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union. Sec. 4. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, to District of Columbia Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and the Mayor. Sec. 5. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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