Newspaper article Roll Call

Holder Says It's 'Long Past Time' for D.C. Voting Rights

Newspaper article Roll Call

Holder Says It's 'Long Past Time' for D.C. Voting Rights

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A day after announcing his exit, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. paid lip service to voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia.

Holder, who previously served as a D.C. Superior Court judge and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said the Justice Department would continue fighting "until all Americans have equal access to the ballot box," during a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

"And when I talk about all who want to be heard in the halls of the federal government, I am including the more than 600,000 taxpayers, who, like me -- like me, live in the District of Columbia and still have no voting representation in Congress," Holder said Friday.

"We pay our taxes, we die in the Army, we have a great representative, and we do not have voting rights," he continued. "It is long past time for every citizen to be afforded his or her full responsibilities as well as our full rights."

Holder did not outline any specific actions he would take on behalf of D. …

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