Democrats Introduce Bill To Make Washington, D.C., The 51st State

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House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state.

The measure was reintroduced in the House by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District of Columbia, and its companion was unveiled in the Senate by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. As of Tuesday evening, Norton said that she had more than 200 co-sponsors in the House.

“There’s never been a time when statehood for the District was more likely,” Norton said in a statement, adding the bill was passed by the House last year for the first time and now had a “record” 202 co-sponsors. With the Senate companion bill also gaining co-sponsors, “we’re ready to achieve voting representation and full local self-government for the 712,000+ residents of the District of Columbia,” she said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., have committed to bringing the bill to the floor for a vote, Norton said. She added that with Democrats in the majority in the House and the Senate, and with President Joe Biden’s support, “this is the time we can finally correct this historic injustice and give D.C. residents the same rights as other taxpaying Americans.”

Read more at NBC.



  1. Talk about welfare states! A huge % of D.C. residents don’t pay taxes and live on government handouts.D.C. certainly couldn’t be an economically viable, or anywhere near a self sustaining state. No more blue states!

    • Definitely should happen, now. Taxation without representation was one of the slogans of the American Revolution. That commenters here are opposing statehood shows again how little they appreciate American values.

      • But yet old bachelors like you criticize the taxpayers of Staten Island for wanting to break away from NYC. Why should they pay high taxes for the other 4 boroughs while they get NOTHING in return, except vehicle traffic & pollution from Brooklynites driving to NJ. I guess since Staten Island is made up of mostly WHITE Republicans, you couldn’t give a damn.

    • Oh and DC residents pay far MORE federal taxes per capita than any other state. As of 2016 it was over ten times what West Virginia paid. Maybe West Virginia should be denied statehood. As of 2019, 13% of DC residents were on SNAP. But for New Mexico it was 21%, West Virginia and Louisiana 17%, Mississippi, Alabama, and Oklahoma 15%.

      Once again a right wing extremist meme is shot down by actual facts.

      • if the territory of DC isn’t fulfilling its mandate to be a separate portion allotted to belong to no state.then it should go back to the states that apportioned it. let them rejoin Maryland

  2. This will guarantee that the Democrats will rule until kingdom come. That will essentially end all opposition to the ruling party.


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