Washington, D.C.--Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the floor this afternoon endorsing the D.C. Voting Rights bill, which passed by a vote of 241 to 177.
Below are her remarks:
'Mr. Speaker, four weeks ago, our vote was deferred, but today, we will fulfill our obligation to do right by the citizens of the
'By doing so, we will do justice for all of our citizens. Today is a proud day for this House, for the
'I commend the steadfast leadership and tenacity of the gentlelady from the
'Mr. Speaker, I take some personal pleasure in today's proceedings, because when I was born, my father was a Member of Congress. He was on the Appropriations Committee and he chaired the
'This bipartisan effort to secure full voting representation in this House should command the support of all. Indeed, 82 percent of the American people support the
'As the Supreme Court has said: 'No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which we, as good citizens, must live.'
'Today, we seek to affirm an enduring principle of our democracy: the right to be heard and represented fully. For more than 200 years, the citizens of the
'Mr. Speaker, every single day that this Congress is in session, we take a pledge to the flag and to the republic for which it stands. At the end, we say, 'with liberty and justice for all.' That 'for all' must include the people of the
'Now is the time to honor our democracy. We will not rest until full voting representation in the House is granted to the