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House Proceeding 03-12-09 on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 2:00:15 to 2:06:00
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Barbara Lee

2:00:13 to 2:00:33( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: vote, standing equal with the rest of the country, being able to express an opinion. i yield to the gentlelady from california. ms. lee: i want to thank the gentleman for yielding but also for your leadership and for sounding the call once again on behalf of what is right and what is just. and i can't think of any issue that we need to

Barbara Lee

2:00:15 to 2:06:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

2:00:34 to 2:00:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: 24/7 than this issue that we're talking about today and that is voting representative from the district of columbia. mr. ellison: will the gentlelady yield? ms. lee: i'd be happy. mr. ellison: now the gentlelady is from california. it takes you 4 1/2 hours to fly here. why do you care if d.c. has a vote or not?

Barbara Lee

2:00:55 to 2:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i yield to the gentlelady. ms. lee: i care like the entire country cares based on the public opinion polling. . let me say first of all, i raised my kids here in washington, d.c. they went to washington, d.c. public schools.

Barbara Lee

2:01:17 to 2:01:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: my children and myself have been residents, even though i live and represent california. we are here three, four days out of the week. i always say that congresswoman eleanor holmes norton is my representative here in the district of columbia. and whether we do or not, it's

Barbara Lee

2:01:41 to 2:02:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: important that we make sure that there is equal representation, that the civil rights issue for a vote, one person, one vote, i mean it's unbelievable that here in 2009, the district of columbia does not have voting rights on this floor. let me say that we just went to

Barbara Lee

2:02:04 to 2:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: montgomery, selma and birmingham this past weekend with congressman john lewis and walked across the bridge and horpped those whose lives were given for the right to vote, bloody sunday, 44 years ago, there is no way i would be standing here as a member of

Barbara Lee

2:02:26 to 2:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: congress if it weren't for the civil rights movement and those martyrs who we horpped this past weekend. participating in this pilgrimmage, i couldn't help but think about the voting rights for the distct of columbia. this is the unfinished business of the civil rights movement. there is no way in the world

Barbara Lee

2:03:11 to 2:03:32( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: aspects of our work here. and they are citizens of this great country. so why would you deny united states citizens the right to have voting representation on this floor? to me, again, it's a moral issue. it's an issue of fairness and justice. and i've got to say i'm very proud as chair of the congressional black caucus that

Barbara Lee

2:03:33 to 2:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: we didn't blink when we said this was a top issue for us as the congressional black caucus, to unify and to say that there is no way that we're going to back off of this and allow any type of gun amendments or any type of amendments taint what

Barbara Lee

2:03:54 to 2:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: should be a bill that would celebrate the realization of our democracy. and so this is quite a moment. we have president obama in the white house. we have major, major breakthrghs in our country. this is a transform mative moment.

Barbara Lee

2:04:15 to 2:04:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and i would say that those who really want to put their money where their mouth is, they should really step up to the plate and should say finally, finally the residents of the district of columbia's day has come when they can fully participate in this great democracy. short of that, there still

Barbara Lee

2:04:37 to 2:04:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: remains much unfinished business and i don't think we want to let this moment pass, mr. ellison. i don't think residents in your district want to see the residents of the district of columbia continue to be discriminated against. we have 500,000 people -- 600,000?

Barbara Lee

2:04:59 to 2:05:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: to me, that's unconscionable. it's unconscionable. the billionsf tax dollars that are paid each year, all the responsibilities of the united states citizenship are embraced by the residents of the district of columbi on behalf of the congressional black caucus, i want to thank you once again, congresswoman eleanor

Barbara Lee

2:05:25 to 2:05:46( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: waging a fight and i want to salute you and say to you that we're not going to rest until you have this vote here. and i know this vote is not for you personally, but for those 600,000 people who deserve the right to vote in this body. and so just thank you, congressman ellison, and the

Barbara Lee

2:05:47 to 2:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: progressive caucus for your leadership. and i hope the country hears us today. and i hope they understand what types of gains are bei played on a civil rights bill that should never, never, never

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