Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed Freshman members of the 115th Congress to Washington DC today at a reception at the Cannon House Office Building. The event marked the first time a Mayor of the District of Columbia has extended this courtesy to Congress. The large room was packed with District residents, Congress members and staff. The atmosphere in the room was jubilant. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) California, opened the program. Steny Hoyer (D) Maryland - House Minority Whip - came out swinging - citing that no capital city in industrialized countries lacks voting representation in its parliament. This is wrong. He went on to say that the DMV region depends on the health and vitality of Washington DC. The implication being that the City should be able to count on support from the surrounding jurisdictions. The Mayor's approach to build support for voting rights and Statehood is taking root.
Rep Hoyer introduced the special guest: House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D) California.