With Dems in charge of the Senate, D.C. statehood is on the table

With Joe Biden as president and with the Democrats in control of Congress, talk of Washington D.C. statehood is back on.

Last week, the Biden administration confirmed that it is indeed in favor of making Washington D.C. America’s 51st state. 

Biden’s onboard

During a recent press briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether Biden supports D.C. statehood. Psaki responded that Biden does, but she did not go into any specifics.

“The President has supported DC statehood in the past,” Psaki said. “That certainly remains his position, but I don’t have any information for you on any timeline.”

As Psaki noted, Biden has been in favor of D.C. statehood, which is something that he did make known while campaigning for president.

“I have supported statehood for 36 years,” Biden said on one occasion. “D.C. should be a state. Pass it on,” he said on another.

It’s a go

What the Biden administration did here was to give the signal to D.C. statehood activists that his administration will be supportive of any efforts in that direction.

Among those making the push for D.C. statehood is D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). Bowser recently predicted that in the near future the Democrat-led Congress will vote in favor of D.C. becoming a state.

“It is going to be reintroduced in the Senate in a couple of weeks, and we expect to have a favorable vote in the Senate as well and then it goes to the president of the United States,” Bowser said. “We have made a big focus to President Biden to support D.C. statehood and make it part of his 100-day agenda.”

The last attempt to make D.C. a state came during the summer of 2020. It passed the Democrat-led House but was dead upon arrival in the Senate. Before that, the most recent attempt occurred in the early 1990s.

The arguments

The argument for D.C. statehood is, more or less, that the district’s more than 700,000 residents pay taxes and thus ought to have representation in the government. D.C. currently has one non-floor voting delegate in the House and no Senate representation. If it were to become a state, it would get 2 senators and a handful of representatives.

Opponents of D.C. statehood argue that this would give D.C. an unfair amount of influence in the federal government. They also argue that, since D.C. is established by the Constitution, it would take a constitutional amendment, not a simple congressional vote, to turn D.C. into a state.

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  1. Biden has completely lost what senses he had…which was not many someone needs to stand up and demand to know who is Joeys Boss making all these horrid decisions…I think I know the squirrel that is his boss…n he should be in jail

  2. I support D.C. statehood! Consider this fact, in order to serve in Congress / Senate a person(s) must reside in the State and or District they are elected to represent! Everyone one knows all the Democrats reside in D.C. so they’ll have to give up their seats and run against each other for D.C.’s 2 or 3 seats!

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  4. Well, America’s Founding Fathers decided, when they wrote the Constitution, that it was imperative that the center of government was not in a state. In America’s early post-Revolution days, it would see several different temporary centers of government, all of them northern cities like Philadelphia and New York. While drafting the Constitution in 1787, the Founding Fathers decided that the new nation should have a permanent capital. But they were reluctant to give that much power to one single state.

    So they wrote in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution that “[The Congress shall have Power] To exercise exclusive Legislation…over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may…become the Seat of the Government of the United States.” The article also stated that this 100-mile district would come from land ceded by the states so that the new seat of government would be independent of any state. Check out more facts about U.S. history you didn’t learn in school.

  5. DC IS 10 MILES SQUARE IT IS NOT A STATE IT IS & ALWAYS HAS BEEN THE CAPITAL CITY WHICH NEVER SITS IN ANY GIVEN STATE…. VOTE NO ON DC STATEHOOD THE DEMS GREEDY FOR POWER IS UP TO THEIR LAWLESS TRICKS & SHENANIGANS TO GAIN @ SENATORS SO THEY CAN FORCE THEIR TYRANNY ON US JUST LIKE THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW THEY KNOW THAT THEY USED EVERY ILLEGAL QUESTIONABLE UNDERHANDED LAWLESS ACT TO SWITCH THE VOTES TO THEMSELVES & REFUSE TO TAKE A WEEK TO INVESTIGATE ALL POLLING CENTER IRREGULARITIES & ALLOW A FORENSIC AUDIT OF ALL THE MACHINES BECAUSE THEN THE TRUTH SHALL SHINE LIKE THE CITY ON THE HILL –WE ALL DESERVE & NEED TO SEE THIS DONE SO WE CAN GO FORWARD WITH OUR TRUST IN THE FED,&STATE ADMINS..

  6. Good luck getting enough states to ratify an amendment to the constitution allowing Washington D.C. to become a state. I know the left regards the US Constitution as just a piece of old paper, but as long as we have it, they must abide by it. That also means they must get a super majority in the senate to make it so. How is it possible to elect so many so oblivious of what our constitution says.

  7. By hook or by crook, Piglosi will get it done! Legally or illegally! Since we have an illegal president, now they want an illegal state! Stupid ideas abound!

  8. How about working for unity dems and work towards something worthwhile I have no idea what nadler,Schumer,pelosi and the rest do except complain .why are we paying them ? They are a disgrace to this country

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