While the country is turning its attention to New Hampshire, it is a perfect time to send a strong message that we are serious about giving District residents the same rights of their fellow Americans. I hope this legislation convinces New Hampshire’s senators to change their minds and side with democracy the next time the D.C. Voting Rights Act comes before them.

Editor's note: Mayor Fenty will testify at a hearing in the New Hampshire state legislature Wednesday on H.R. 26, a bill "expressing regret that New Hampshire's United States Senators voted to deny the District of Columbia the right to be represented in the Congress."