Push for DC statehood stalls after Supreme Court shoots down petition

Many Democrats would love nothing more than for Washington D.C. to eventually become its own state and have representation in Congress, which would undoubtedly be led by Democrats.

However, on Monday the idea of that ever happening seemed to take a significant step back as, according to the Washington Examiner, the U.S. Supreme Court shot down a petition filed by D.C. residents who demand they have congressional representation. 

The Washington D.C. voters behind the push argued that their inability to be represented in Congress amounts to a violation of their rights to equal protection and due process.

“Residents of the District of Columbia are the only adult American citizens subject to federal income taxes who lack voting representation in Congress, except for felons in some States,” an attorney for the group of D.C. residents said.

SCOTUS says no

In a Monday morning announcement, the high court ruled, in a four-sentence statement, that residents of D.C. do not have a constitutional right to a vote in Congress.

The ruling echoes a previous ruling from 2000, and follows with another ruling from early 2020 in which the high court ruled that because they do not live in a traditional state, they’re unable to have representation in Congress.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch indicated that the matter is not even remotely up for discussion, simply based on what they believe to be a lack of jurisdiction to decide such a matter.

Washington D.C. does, technically, have some form of representation. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is considered a “delegate” for Washington D.C.

Earlier this year, Norton introduced legislation to make Washington D.C. a state, which eventually passed in the House but has virtually zero chance of ever passing in the Senate, as Democrats would need 60 votes to overcome the Republican filibuster.

Benefits for the left

Planned Parenthood is another entity that wishes to see Washington D.C. eventually become a state. In a recent press release, the organization said it’s crucial for that to happen in order to provide “abortion access, voting rights, and racial justice” to D.C. voters.

“It’s past time that the values, voices, and votes of the 700,000 residents of the District are reflected in Congress. With the vast majority of those who are disenfranchised by the lack of statehood being Black and Latinx residents,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Republicans have long argued that Democrats desire D.C. statehood purely for political gain, and they’re 100% correct.

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