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AG Eric Holder Says DC Should Have Voting Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder says District of Columbia residents deserve representation in Congress.

Holder mentioned the District's lack of representation in prepared remarks for a speech Friday at a Congressional Black Caucus gathering on voting rights.

Holder announced his resignation Thursday. He's a longtime District resident and a former U.S. attorney for the nation's capital.

According to his prepared remarks, Holder says all Americans should be full participants in democracy, "including the more than 600,000 taxpayers, who, like me, live in the District of Columbia and still have no voting representation in Congress."

President Barack Obama recently said "I'm for it" when asked about statehood for the District. A Senate hearing was held this month on a statehood bill, but no further action on the bill is planned.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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