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Congresswoman Adams Statement On Nine Republicans Who Voted Against Her Bill To Name A Post Office In Winston-Salem After Maya Angelou

Mar 1, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) today released the following statement after nine House Republicans voted against her Maya Angelou bill:

“Dr. Maya Angelou was an iconic figure and world-renowned writer, poet and activist. She meant so much to Americans across this nation. I’m disappointed by the nine Republican’s votes against this legislation to name the Winston-Salem Center City post office in her honor. These nine Republicans chose to blatantly disrespect an extraordinary woman who worked to crush gender and racial barriers in our country. In true Maya Angelou fashion, I believe when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.  Their actions are yet another painful addition to radical Republican obstructionism. I thank my colleague Rep. Steve Israel for immediately addressing the nine members who voted against the bill and I stand with House Democrats and other sensible lawmakers who condemn the votes against this legislation.”

The nine Republicans who voted against H.R. 3735 include Reps. Mo Brooks (AL), Ken Buck (CO), Michael Burgess (TX), Jeff Duncan (SC), Glenn Grothman (WI), Andy Harris (MD), Thomas Massie (KY), Alex Mooney (WV), and Steven Palazzo (MS).

Winston-Salem was Dr. Angelou’s primary residence and final resting place. She called Winston-Salem home for more than 30 years.