WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — President Barack Obama may be getting a new address if the D.C. Council has its way.
A bill introduced by Councilmember Yvette Alexander would rename a stretch Pennsylvania Avenue that includes the White House to “D.C. Statehood Now Way.”
The measure would apply to the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.
“It sends a strong message to the leader of our free nation and the millions of visitors to the nation’s capitol that until D.C. achieves statehood we are not truly free,” Alexander said.
The councilwoman says she is tired of Congress having the final say on laws in the District and is frustrated by recent interference with the city’s efforts to change a number of laws, including the decriminalization of marijuana.
“We have all been ultimately controlled by a body of 535 voting members who could only be there because they don’t live here,” she added.
Although Alexander’s proposal is mostly symbolic, it does appear to have the backing of other councilmembers.
“This is one of the last civil rights causes in America today for which there has been no progress whatsoever,” said councilmember Jim Graham.
The council is expected to take up the measure when it reconvenes following a break for the summer. However, even if the bill passes, Congress would have 30 days to review the legislation and would likely forbid the proposal.
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