Purpose: This bill would allow for the state of Washington DC to be admitted to the union, effectively becoming our 51st state.
Source: Why Statehood for DC
DC residents fulfill all of the obligations of US citizenship and yet are denied representation.
Washington, DC is large enough to be a state:
- DC has 702,000 residents, more than Vermont and Wyoming and comparable with other states including Delaware, Alaska, and several others.
Washington, DC can afford to be a state:
- DC residents pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the US.
- In total, DC residents pay more in total federal income tax than residents of 22 other states, but have no say over how those tax dollars are spent..
- DC now operates as if were a state with the exception of federal control over our courts and people in prison for committing felonies in DC.
- DC receives between 25-30% of its budget from the federal government; as a percentage, this is less than five states and is on a par with three others.
DC residents are denied representation:
- DC residents have fought and died in every war, yet those armed service members are denied the freedoms they have fought to protect.
- DC elects a non-voting Delegate to the US House of Representatives who can draft legislation but cannot vote. The current Delegate for DC is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
- DC residents do not have a voice in Senate Committees or on the Senate Floor. This means that DC residents have no say in the determination of who should serve as leadership for federal agencies, Serve as U.S. Ambassadors to foreign countries, sit on federal court benches or serve in the U.S. Supreme Court. This is true even for the federal courts within DC’s boundaries.
Take Action: Support this legislation? Have questions about it? Contact Congresswoman Angie Craig’s office to share your thoughts on her co-sponsoring this legislation. Call her DC office at (202) 225-2271, call her Burnsville office at (651) 846-2120 or email her by clicking this link
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