The Supreme Court turned down an appeal by the District of Columbia on Monday that requested voting rights in Congress, marking a loss in the battle to make Washington, D.C. the nation’s 51st state.
The court affirmed the conclusion of a similar request in 2000, arguing the District of Columbia is not a state and does not therefore require congressional representation.
“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,” lawyers for the residents wrote in legal papers, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Real Battle
The quest for congressional representation, as well as D.C. statehood, is largely motivated by the left’s interest in increased power. Washington, D.C. voted more than 90 percent for Hillary Clinton in 2016, for example, and would clearly elect Democrats for representatives if given the opportunity.
The effort to pursue statehood would then given Washington at least two Congress members and two Senators, all likely Democrats. The shift in power, especially in the Senate, would give Democrats an advantage for years into the future.
The House passed a resolution in April to make D.C. the 51st state, but the bill did not move forward in the Senate.
And There’s More
In addition to D.C., many Democrats have also supported statehood for Puerto Rico. Similar conditions make the island territory a favorable spot for Democrats to turn into a state.
Up to 53 percent of Puerto Ricans supported statehood in the latest election, according to CBS News.
Practically speaking, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens unable to vote for president. However, the islanders do not pay federal taxes, either.
On the negative side, Puerto Rico has struggled financially, especially since the 2017 Hurricane Maria, with the area declaring bankruptcy in recent years.
The quest for statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico both focus on the quest for expanding Democratic power, something conservatives will continue to deny regardless of other factors.