Last updated on: 6/26/2020 12:04:06 PM PST
Should the District of Columbia Be Given Statehood?
The District of Columbia (Washington, DC) is a federal district under the jurisdiction of the United States Congress. The district has two Senators and one Representative in Congress who can introduce legislation but cannot vote on legislation. All local DC legislation must be approved by Congress. The 702,000 residents of DC pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the country but have no voting power to determine how that money is spent.
Proponents argue the residents of Washington, DC deserve to be represented like all other US citizens. Opponents argue that DC was never meant to be a state and a constitutional amendment would be required for statehood.
The House voted in favor of DC statehood in a 232-180 vote on June 26, 2020, the first time either house has passed legislation on the issue. The Senate is likely to ignore the bill and President Trump has stated he would veto the bill if passed.
Interviewer: "Do you support DC becoming the 51st state?
Biden: "Absolutely. I have for the past 28 years."
Source: 51 for 51, Twitter.com, Feb. 25, 2020
"DC will never be a state. You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen...They want to do that so they pick up two automatic Democrat — you know it’s 100 percent Democrat, basically — so why would the Republicans ever do that? That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do. You understand that, right?... No, it’s not gonna happen. And how many House seats is it? Like four, three or four? Whatever it is. You’d have three or four more congressmen and two more senators, every single day of every single year. And it would never change. No, the Republicans would never do that.”
Source: Steven Nelson and Ebony Bowden, "Trump Says Washington, DC, Will Never Be a State--because of All the Democrats," nypost.com, May 5, 2020
[Editor's Note: Trump previously expressed a NOT CLEARLY PRO OR CON opinion on this question. Read Trump's former position on whether DC should be given statehood.]
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