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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.

Dorothy's Opinion
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04/22/2021
Definitely DC should be a state. Taxation without representation, what can be more unAmerican. Time to even up the population representation. If WY and the Dakotas are represented by Senators with their sparse population then DC absolutely should be as should Puerto Rico
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jimK's Opinion
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04/22/2021
The DC metro area represents more people than 27 of our states and an economy which is dominated by policies emanating from DC. The number of people within the corporate boundaries of DC are greater than two of our less populace states. As a government of, by and for the people (and not a government of, by, and for the area occupied by a State) the people of DC deserve representation. There is no Constitutional requirement to admit States in pairs to assure party equity nor that they be of any particular size. In fact, the framers opposed the whole notion of political parties which they viewed as factions that would exist to protect their factions instead of the country- and they were right. There are compelling reasons for DC to become a State and there are no compelling reasons for DC to not become a State.
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Chris's Opinion
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04/22/2021
The historical argument for the capital being in a non-state federal district was sound, however since that point things have changed a lot. The capital being located in a state doesn’t offer the advantages or favoritism now that it would have in the past. The population of the district has absolutely ballooned to the point it is larger than or on par with several states. The lack of proper representation for this large of a group in this nation is unacceptable. The really sad part is that this discussion is using history as a facade to hide the real argument. Two more (presumably blue) seats in the Senate. As someone who generally leans conservative, I say shame on anybody supporting this proposition under the guise of proper representation for DC just to get those seats, and shame on anyone using historical precedent against it with the goal of keeping those seats out. This isn’t a question of whether we add more seats likely to fall to one party or the other. This isn’t the 1800s. Stop allowing or disallowing statehood based on your own political agenda and pretending that makes you a patriot. Nearly 700,000 people live in DC. They deserve proper representation and the ability to legislate matters that fall to the states like anyone else, not live without proper representation controlled by a congress they get no say in. The fact we’re even having this debate speaks to how far we are from being the nation we claim to be.
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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 to get it. Alternatively, Congress should pass legislation treating D.C. residents as Maryland residents for the purpose of representation in the U.S. House and Senate, 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 and the House seat.

Phillip 's Opinion
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04/22/2021
President George Washington chose the exact site along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and the city was officially founded in 1790 after both Maryland and Virginia ceded land to this new “district,” to be distinct and distinguished from the rest of the states. Key wording CEDED meaning to yield or formally surrender to
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Justin's Opinion
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04/22/2021
The underlying reason for this being on the docket is laughable. Funny how things like this pop up when it’s convenient for democrats. It is stated in our Constitution that DC is not a state. It was placed outside of any state as to keep it separate from governing powers within the state. Why should the core of our United States reside within a single state? DC represents ALL states. It is not equal to a state, and therefore should not be classified as one. That is my opinion.
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Stickyfingers's Opinion
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04/22/2021
No. Our founding fathers didn’t want it to be a State. There are too many political influences there that will disrupt our democracy.
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    Definitely DC should be a state. Taxation without representation, what can be more unAmerican. Time to even up the population representation. If WY and the Dakotas are represented by Senators with their sparse population then DC absolutely should be as should Puerto Rico
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    President George Washington chose the exact site along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and the city was officially founded in 1790 after both Maryland and Virginia ceded land to this new “district,” to be distinct and distinguished from the rest of the states. Key wording CEDED meaning to yield or formally surrender to
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    The DC metro area represents more people than 27 of our states and an economy which is dominated by policies emanating from DC. The number of people within the corporate boundaries of DC are greater than two of our less populace states. As a government of, by and for the people (and not a government of, by, and for the area occupied by a State) the people of DC deserve representation. There is no Constitutional requirement to admit States in pairs to assure party equity nor that they be of any particular size. In fact, the framers opposed the whole notion of political parties which they viewed as factions that would exist to protect their factions instead of the country- and they were right. There are compelling reasons for DC to become a State and there are no compelling reasons for DC to not become a State.
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    The historical argument for the capital being in a non-state federal district was sound, however since that point things have changed a lot. The capital being located in a state doesn’t offer the advantages or favoritism now that it would have in the past. The population of the district has absolutely ballooned to the point it is larger than or on par with several states. The lack of proper representation for this large of a group in this nation is unacceptable. The really sad part is that this discussion is using history as a facade to hide the real argument. Two more (presumably blue) seats in the Senate. As someone who generally leans conservative, I say shame on anybody supporting this proposition under the guise of proper representation for DC just to get those seats, and shame on anyone using historical precedent against it with the goal of keeping those seats out. This isn’t a question of whether we add more seats likely to fall to one party or the other. This isn’t the 1800s. Stop allowing or disallowing statehood based on your own political agenda and pretending that makes you a patriot. Nearly 700,000 people live in DC. They deserve proper representation and the ability to legislate matters that fall to the states like anyone else, not live without proper representation controlled by a congress they get no say in. The fact we’re even having this debate speaks to how far we are from being the nation we claim to be.
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    NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION Followed by: Puerto Rico Guam and the Marianas Islands The US Virgin Islands They all have more area and more population than some current states. It’s AWEFUL how US CITIZENS that live in the islands are ignored!!!
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    The underlying reason for this being on the docket is laughable. Funny how things like this pop up when it’s convenient for democrats. It is stated in our Constitution that DC is not a state. It was placed outside of any state as to keep it separate from governing powers within the state. Why should the core of our United States reside within a single state? DC represents ALL states. It is not equal to a state, and therefore should not be classified as one. That is my opinion.
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    No. Our founding fathers didn’t want it to be a State. There are too many political influences there that will disrupt our democracy.
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    DC has a population larger than Vermont or Wyoming, and similar to Alaska & Delaware, and pays more taxes than residents in 22 states and more tax per capita than any other state. With population comes responsibilities for both local services (K-12 schools, police, fire) and state (motor vehicle services, Medicaid and mental health services, higher education). DC also has the responsibility to assist in protection of the Capitol area, something it could not do effectively during the Capitol Riot 1-6-21 as its not a state so it could not call in the the national guard so is a perfect example why DC needs to be a state so they have the benefits (representation in Congress, control over calling the National Guard, budget control, etc) as well as the responsibilities (taxation). The proposal includes a provision that carves out an area that remains federal to comply with constitutional requirements, “2-mile radius to be called the National Capital Service Area, which includes federal buildings, such as the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court and the National Mall. This becomes the seat of the federal government as defined in the Constitution.” Proposed retrosession does not provide full representation as 2 senatorial seats are denied. https://statehood.dc.gov/page/why-statehood-dc https://www.brookings.edu/testimonies/if-the-district-of-columbia-becomes-a-state-fiscal-implications/
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    No taxation without representation! Make DC a state!
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    They pay taxes, they deserve representation.
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    Residents of the District of Columbia deserve full representation, especially since they pay federal taxes just like everyone else. Since there are more residents of DC now than several other states, DC deserves to have 2 Senators as well as House representatives. I know there will be talk about how Constitutional this is, but if you aren't willing to make them a state, then devise some other structure to provide full representation in Congress, or allow them to vote and be represented by Senators from some smaller state. The way it's set up now is not fair to the citizens of DC, no matter what they look like or who they vote for. Equality for all Americans, even those living in districts and territories.
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    Yes, yes, yes. And, Puerto Rico and all the American territories.
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    Vermont and Wyoming each have fewer residents than D.C., but D.C. still has less voice than either in Congress. It’s time to change that. Vote for D.C. statehood.
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    People live in D.C. They pay their taxes. They deserve representation.
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    The original reasons for not making DC a state were sound and still valid. If representation is the issue/concern, allow the residents to vote with Maryland and thereby, solving the issue.
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    Taxation without representation is tyranny!
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    We do not need a 51 state this is only deploy by the Democrats to have more control in the house and the Senate . Washington DC belongs to the American people of The United States.
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    Yes and Puerto Rico the 52. This way you don’t have a president or congress doing theatrics with military and National guard as bit players and props, plus corporations using the location as a political and hiding plate form.
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    [Revised Comment] I fully & strongly support Statehood for Washington, D. C. Here is a compelling presentation on the dc.gov web site “Why Statehood for DC | Statehood” https://statehood.dc.gov/page/why-statehood-dc Washington DC is far more prosperous than most Red States! See the addendum below for information on the vibrant economy of Washington, D. C. (None of this should surprize anyone who has visited the DC area for business or pleasure.) Historical Background https://www.history.com/news/washington-dc-statehood-reconstruction From the article: "Since 1980, D.C. has advocated for congressional representation through statehood. Activists and politicians have connected D.C.’s fight for representation to similar struggles in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. Like D.C. residents in 1960, the U.S. citizens who live in these territories pay federal taxes but have no voting members in Congress and can’t vote for president. "Many statehood advocates have pointed out that ***there is no constitutional reason that D.C., a 68-square-mile city with a larger population than Wyoming and Vermont, cannot become a state.***" More objective information to consider: "Statehood movement in the District of Columbia "Movement to make the United States capital a state." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statehood_movement_in_the_District_of_Columbia?wprov=sfti1 From the Wikipedia article: "The local D.C. Republican Party has been a long-standing supporter of voting rights for the District of Columbia." (It’s pretty pathetic that the current iteration of Republican / Conservative Posters fear their political views have NOTHING to offer the people of DC. They are correct. That should be taken to heart.) ADDENDUM The Economics of Washington, D. C. By Sector and approximate number of people employed in each sector. * Employees of the Federal Government. 200,000 * Providers of Professional Services. 125,00 * Hospitality and Tourism. 75,000 * Health Care & Life Sciences. 59,000 * Higher Education. 44,000 * Real Estate and Construction. N/A * Retail. 23,000 * Technology. 31,000 * Media and Communications. 23,000 * Creative Arts. 124,000 (The Restaurant Industry is included here.) Also it is not clear what category public services are in: Police, Fire, Public Education, Sanitation, etc. We don't see the plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. Nor do we see the numbers for child care, day care, senior care, private education, gyms, personal trainers, masseurs, yoga, etc. The income breakdown shows that Washington DC is more prosperous than many areas. For the numbers and explanations see DC Economic Strategy https://dceconomicstrategy.com
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    It’s TIME!
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