Yesterday, NTEU sent a letter to House members urging support for legislation that would grant Washington, D.C. statehood.
The Washington, D.C. Admission Act, introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, is headed to the floor of the House, which is expected to vote on the bill this week.
H.R. 51 has more than 200 cosponsors and the support of the White House, which on Tuesday said the bill would provide District residents with "long overdue full representation in Congress." The statement of policy from the Office of Management and Budget further called for Congress "to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C."
“These 700,000 Americans, some of whom are members of our union, bear all of the responsibilities of other American citizens – they pay taxes, serve on juries, are subject to federal laws and, as I write this letter, many are bravely serving their country on overseas military assignments or in other ways,” wrote National President Tony Reardon. “They also should have voting representation in the legislative chambers that make these laws and set these taxes which they are obligated to follow. No American citizen should be a second-class citizen.”