Congressman Al Green Votes ‘YES’ to H.R. 51, Opposes Taxation Without Representation

Apr 22, 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – On Thursday, April 22, 2021, Congressman Al Green released the following statement supporting H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Congressman Green is a proud supporter of D.C. statehood and serves as an original cosponsor for this legislation:   

“I stand with my colleague Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton – who sits at the helm of this movement – as well as an overwhelming majority of D.C. residents in support of statehood for Washington, D.C.,” stated Congressman Al Green. “In grade school, we learn about the Stamp Act and the Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party; seminal moments during the fight for our nation’s independence. The patriots of that time opposed taxation without representation and made it a cornerstone of the American revolution. Why then – more than two centuries later – would we continue to deny the right to fair, full, and equal representation for more than 700,000 American taxpayers in Washington, D.C.?”

Congressman Green added, “We cannot allow this issue to become overly complicated. Today, Members of Congress voted for one thing: whether we are FOR taxation without representation or whether we are AGAINST taxation without representation. I voted AGAINST taxation without representation by voting YES for support H.R. 51.”