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NARFE: All Civil Servants and Citizens Deserve the Right to Self-Government

June 25, 2020

Alexandria, Va. – In advance of the House of Representatives’ consideration of a bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement:

“For nearly 220 years, American citizens living in the District of Columbia have not had the right to self-government enjoyed by those living in the 50 states. There are more than 141,000 active federal employees working in the District of Columbia, many of whom live there, and more than 44,000 district residents who are federal annuitants. These men and women have served our nation with distinction, yet they are not afforded the same rights and privileges to self-government as the citizens they have served. It’s time to correct this blight on America’s democracy by granting statehood to the District of Columbia.”


The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 51, the Washington D.C. Admission Act, on Friday, June 26. NARFE sent the following letter to all members of the House in support of the bill.

The bill would admit into the United States the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, allowing its citizens the right to self-government and the right to elect a representative and two senators to the United States Congress. The new commonwealth would be composed of most of the territory of the current District of Columbia. It would only exclude federal buildings and monuments, including the White House, the Capitol Building, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the federal executive, legislative and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the National Mall and the Capitol Building. The bill maintains this remaining district as the seat of the federal government, as well as the federal government’s authority over federal lands and property. At its start, the new commonwealth would adopt current District laws. The bill also provides for expedited consideration of a joint resolution to repeal the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for District of Columbia representation in the electoral college for determination of the President and Vice President of the United States of America.

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As the only organization solely dedicated to the general welfare of all federal workers and retirees, NARFE delivers valuable guidance, timely resources and powerful advocacy. For nearly a century, NARFE has been a trusted source of knowledge for the federal community, Capitol Hill, the executive branch and the media.

Jessica Klement
NARFE Staff Vice President, Policy and Programs


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