GOP Bill Would Let Frederick Douglass Represent D.C. Inside Capitol
August 3, 2012 - 1:20 pm
The District of Columbia may soon be able to be represented among the statues representing all states in the union inside the halls of the Capitol.
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on House Administration, introduced a bill yesterday joining forces with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to have D.C.’s Frederick Douglass statue moved into the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall.
The statue, which has been on display at One Judiciary Square, would represent the District while honoring a great American civil rights hero, Norton said.
“I am grateful to Chairman Lungren for proposing this bill,” she said. “…Having a statue to represent the District in the Capitol has been one of my longstanding priorities, and I am pleased to be an original co-sponsor of legislation designed to make that priority a reality.”
The bill is similar to a resolution introduced in June by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration.
“With the chairmen of both the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over the Capitol building supporting this measure, I believe we have a good chance of making this happen during this session of Congress,” Norton said.