WASHINGTON — Advocates for a Washington, D.C., congressional seat are ramping up their lobbying efforts, seeking leverage on members of Congress by enlisting the help of their constituents far from the nation’s capital.
DC Vote is reaching out to people like 62-year-old Henry Perry of Tennessee.
Not until the advocacy group visited Perry in Mississippi earlier this month did he learn that District of Columbia residents pay taxes and serve in the military, but don’t have a vote in Congress.
“I think it’s really a disgrace that they’re denied that right,” said Perry, president of the Teamsters Local Union No. 667 in Memphis, which also has members in Mississippi. “I was kind of shocked.”