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house Bill H.R. 51

Should D.C. Become the 51st State?

Argument in favor

District of Columbia residents deserve the same voting rights and representation in Congress as any other American living in one of the 50 states regardless of what the Constitution says. Denying D.C. residents the right to have senators and representatives in Congress is a violation of their democratic rights. As long as D.C. residents pay federal taxes and are subject to federal laws, they should get to enjoy the full benefits of statehood and representation in Congress.

Nathan's Opinion
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06/26/2020
They pay federal income tax, yet have no voting representation in Congress. Their population is higher than two U.S. states (Vermont and Wyoming). Our nation was founded on the principle of “no taxation without representation”, so why should that not apply to D.C.?
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jimK's Opinion
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06/26/2020
There is a lot of money and power in DC - much more than some of our states. There are a lot of people in DC - much more than some of our states. They pay taxes and deserve full representation despite the particulars of how DC was formed. If some trumpublicans are confused by the idea of a 51st state, perhaps we should look into combining a couple of the less populous states that draw more from the taxpayer's treasury than they contribute- you know, to make them more efficient and self-reliant- less dependent upon the more populated states having to support them. We also have large populations in Puerto Rico which by size and taxpayer base should be granted statehood. A little further out but still conceivable, there is also the combination of various territories and protectorates that we tend to forget about who also contribute to the taxpayer's treasury. In today's world, geographical boundaries are becoming much less important than shared common interests and we could combine these territories and protectorates into the state of 'Oceana' to represent their shared common interests as water bound US entities.
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Dicr's Opinion
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06/26/2020
If you make this a partisan debate you don’t care about the rights of ALL Americans. Change is coming to this country, too many have been left behind.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. Constitution explicitly made D.C. a district, not a state. If D.C. residents want full representation in Congress they can move to nearby Maryland or Virginia & get it. Alternatively, Congress should pass legislation treating D.C. residents as Maryland residents for the purposes of congressional representation, or just give parts of D.C. that aren't federal buildings back to Maryland. Granting D.C. statehood is a ploy by Democrats because they expect they would win the two Senate seats & the House seat.

James 's Opinion
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06/26/2020
It was specifically formed not to be a state. In his Federalist No. 43, published January 23, 1788, James Madison argued that the new federal government would need authority over a national capital to provide for its own maintenance and safety. Five years earlier a band of unpaid soldiers had besieged Congress while its members were meeting in Philadelphia. Known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, the event emphasized the need for the national government not to rely on any state for its own security. Those that live in the district do so voluntarily and they know they don’t have the vote. If they want this privilege they may move to any nearby state. No one is forced to live in the district.
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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06/26/2020
Nope, the founding fathers had this right... Making DC a state and the Capitol of the United States will create more issues than it would solve. If you feel like you need representation, move to an actual state.
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operaman's Opinion
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06/26/2020
If you desire to make DC a state, then call a Constitutional Convention. Do it Right! Stop blubbering! Lazy ass Progressives want a digital voice vote to suppress the voters.
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    They pay federal income tax, yet have no voting representation in Congress. Their population is higher than two U.S. states (Vermont and Wyoming). Our nation was founded on the principle of “no taxation without representation”, so why should that not apply to D.C.?
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    It was specifically formed not to be a state. In his Federalist No. 43, published January 23, 1788, James Madison argued that the new federal government would need authority over a national capital to provide for its own maintenance and safety. Five years earlier a band of unpaid soldiers had besieged Congress while its members were meeting in Philadelphia. Known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, the event emphasized the need for the national government not to rely on any state for its own security. Those that live in the district do so voluntarily and they know they don’t have the vote. If they want this privilege they may move to any nearby state. No one is forced to live in the district.
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    There is a lot of money and power in DC - much more than some of our states. There are a lot of people in DC - much more than some of our states. They pay taxes and deserve full representation despite the particulars of how DC was formed. If some trumpublicans are confused by the idea of a 51st state, perhaps we should look into combining a couple of the less populous states that draw more from the taxpayer's treasury than they contribute- you know, to make them more efficient and self-reliant- less dependent upon the more populated states having to support them. We also have large populations in Puerto Rico which by size and taxpayer base should be granted statehood. A little further out but still conceivable, there is also the combination of various territories and protectorates that we tend to forget about who also contribute to the taxpayer's treasury. In today's world, geographical boundaries are becoming much less important than shared common interests and we could combine these territories and protectorates into the state of 'Oceana' to represent their shared common interests as water bound US entities.
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    And Puerto Rico.
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    If you make this a partisan debate you don’t care about the rights of ALL Americans. Change is coming to this country, too many have been left behind.
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    We don’t need another failed blue state.
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    Absolutely! And Puerto Rico.
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    And Puerto Rico the 52nd.
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    Nope, the founding fathers had this right... Making DC a state and the Capitol of the United States will create more issues than it would solve. If you feel like you need representation, move to an actual state.
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    DC must become a state - there must be NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.
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    And then invite Puerto Rico to the same.
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    If you desire to make DC a state, then call a Constitutional Convention. Do it Right! Stop blubbering! Lazy ass Progressives want a digital voice vote to suppress the voters.
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    No reason not to Puerto Rico too
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    Taxation without representation.
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    @Nathan: Agree DC should be a state as they are taxed without representation, and the population is larger than 2 states (VT, WY). I would also add they need protection from Presidents that overstep their office by having a governor which affords the rights of Federalism.
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    If you don’t like living there then move. It’s just that simple. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars creating useless bills. How about working in a bipartisan way on real issues. I know that goes against the grain of Democraps but it’s time for change.
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    Washington DC AND Puerto Rico should be US states. Racism is the only reason why this action would be blocked.
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    And then can we make Puerto Rico #52?
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    Citizens should not be without a voice.
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    Given D.C. has a larger population than Vermont and Wyoming, it seems like they deserve representation.
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