Johnson: I Am Opposed to D.C. Statehood, But Not Suffrage
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) spoke on the U.S. House floor today in support of his bill, the D.C.-Maryland Reunion Act, a proposal that would merge the residential portions of the district with Maryland. Johnson opposed H.R. 51, legislation Democrats passed today to provide D.C. with statehood and full voting representation in Congress.
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Remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, I am opposed to D.C. statehood, but I am not opposed to suffrage.
“If your goal is truly suffrage rather than increasing Democratic control of the Senate, boy, do I have a plan for you.
“My bill would reunite the residential areas of the District with Maryland, as was done with Virginia in 1847.
“This plan would give full voting rights that we have heard so much about this morning without ignoring the Constitution or the practical realities of what constitutes a state.
“And so, I say to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, if your goal is truly suffrage, then let's do this together.
“Let's set aside the divisive rhetoric we have heard and work together to craft an appropriate and bipartisan solution to give representation to the people of D.C.”