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Voting Representation for People in the District of Columbia (80604-C1-R280)

Amend and Readopt Resolution 280  
WHEREAS, t The District of Columbia was established on the first Monday in December, 1800, by an Act of Congress as a seat for the national government under authority granted to the Congress by Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution, under which the Congress has the power to "exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District.”  . . ."; and WHEREAS, no provision for voting representation in the Federal Legislature for the residents of this Federal District was made in the Constitution or has been made at any time since; and At no time since has the Federal Legislature passed any provision for voting representation for the residents of the District of Columbia. Yet,
WHEREAS, throughout our nation's history, citizens of the District of Columbia have given their undivided allegiance to the United States: fighting and dying in wars, paying their full measure of taxes, and providing labor and resources to the federal government. ; and  
Therefore, because we recognize:

  • WHEREAS, we recognize that governments derive their "just powers from the consent of the governed" in order to secure the people's rights "endowed by their Creator";  

  • and WHEREAS, the Social Principles contained in The United Methodist Book of Discipline  
    state that the "form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise  
  • The Social Principles also state
    and further, that "the strength of a political system depends on the full and willing participation of its citizens" (164B) ; ;

  • and WHEREAS, it has been the enduring tradition and history of The United the Methodist movement Church , from the time of Wesley to the present day, to support the rights of the individual, to provide relief to the disenfranchised, and to champion the equality of all persons before God and before the law; and
  •   And throughout the biblical narrative God desires the inclusion and full
  • participation of all people into society; WHEREAS, we are The United Methodist Church agrees d that the continuing disenfranchisement of the citizens of the District of Columbia is an egregious moral wrong which must be rectified. , Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Conference of The United Methodist Church declares its full support, on moral grounds , for the provision of full democratic rights to the people of the District of Columbia. We affirm that district citizens of the District of Columbia are entitled to political rights equal to those of other Americans United States citizens, including voting representation in both houses of Congress. We call on the President and the Congress of the United States of America to take action to provide congressional representation to the citizens of Washington, D.C ., by whatever means they should find suitable and appropriate, and Be it further resolved, that w We call on all United Methodist congregations throughout the United States, to support the people of the District of Columbia in this cause by . We call on the United States members of The United Methodist Church to calling upon their elected representatives in Congress to demand democratic rights for the District of Columbia. , and Be it further resolved, that we call on other communities of faith, locally and throughout the nation, to join with us in advocating for the provision of these rights to Washington, D.C., so that at last the citizens of the District of Columbia are provided with the same democratic rights available to all other Americans.  
    ADOPTED 1980, REVISED AND ADOPTED 2000 See Social Principles, ΒΆ 162.