From: Ilir Zherka
Date: June 13, 2007
Subject: 9-1 Victory Today in Senate Committee!
I’ve just returned from Capitol Hill and wanted to share the good news: the DC Voting Rights Act passed out of committee on a 9 to 1 vote, with the support of all three of our Republican targets: Senators Collins, Coleman and Voinovich.
Counting Senators Hatch and Bennett from Utah, five Republicans have now committed to supporting the bill and several others are leaning towards support. This gives the DC Voting Rights Act great momentum and a fighting chance to overcome a filibuster.
This has been an amazing three months for supporters of DC voting rights. The Voting Rights March in April was the largest public demonstration ever on a DC issue despite horrible weather. DC Vote completed a public awareness campaign that aired ads, PSAs and interviews in 82 markets nationally. And a strong coalition effort helped propel the DC Voting Rights Act through five committee hearings and three votes in the House and Senate. We’re now just one floor vote in the Senate from taking our case to the White House.
Although some of the president’s advisors are recommending a veto, we believe the White House ultimately will not oppose a popular bipartisan bill to expand democracy.
Thanks to Washington Grantmakers for your support in helping us get to this remarkably hopeful moment.