- Why Is The Push For D.C. Statehood Gaining Traction?
- Why Wasn’T D.C. A State from The Beginning?
- What Will Happen If Washington, D.C. Becomes A State?
The movement to make Washington, D.C. a state has been gaining traction for a while. After all, Washington, D.C. is home to around 706,000 Americans who don’t get the perks that come with statehood. For instance, D.C. didn’t have any electoral votes until the passing of the 23rd Constitutional amendment in 1961. The presidential election of 1964 was the first time the residents of D.C. actually had an electoral say in who would end up in their White House. In Congress, D.C. has only a “shadow delegation,” representatives who sit in Congress but cannot vote. And yet it’s more populous than two actual states: Wyoming and Vermont. Though H.R. 51 is the first statehood bill to pass the House, delegates have been filing similar bills since 1993. But the disturbing response to Black Lives Matter protests in Washington, D.C. in early June has brought the debate over D.C. statehood to the forefront. National Guard troops swarmed the streets, and Attorney General William Barr ordered the cle...
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. But the locati...
Washington, D.C. would gaina member of the House of Representatives and two new senators. (The fact that those senators would likely be Democratic is a big reason House and Senate Republicans oppose statehood.) The mayor, Muriel Bowser, will have the title of “governor” instead. The land of the new state would be all of the current land of Washington, D.C., except for a “capital district” over which the federal government would continue to have control. This district would include the White House and the buildings and monuments surrounding the National Mall. Also, the capital would get a name change! Instead of standing for the District of Columbia, the “D.C.” will stand for “Douglass Commonwealth.” This pays homage to abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived there for 17 years. Next, check out some more surprising facts you never knew about Washington, D.C.
- Brian Fitzpatrick. Republican. Since Jan 3, 2019.
- Brendan Boyle. Democrat. Since Jan 3, 2019.
- Dwight Evans. Democrat. Since Jan 3, 2019.
- Madeleine Dean. Democrat. Since Jan 3, 2019.
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The Senate is made up of 50 members who are elected by district. In 2012, a State Senate district had an average population of 254,047 residents.
Trostle, Sharon, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual. 119. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
May 03, 2021 · Statehood advocates acknowledge DC would probably elect two Democratic senators if it becomes a state. In 2020, just 5% of DC voters backed Donald Trump, while 92% supported Biden. But activists ...
- Joan E Greve
The state's current U.S. senators are Democrat Bob Casey Jr. (since 2007) and Republican Pat Toomey (since 2011), making it one of seven states to have a split United States Senate delegation. Arlen Specter was Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator (1981–2011).
Jan 05, 2021 · The Pennsylvania Senate’s first session of the new year devolved into shouting Tuesday, as the Republicans who hold a majority in the chamber refused to seat a Democratic member who won reelection in November. In a highly unusual move, GOP leaders forcefully seized control of the proceedings from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, after Fetterman tried ...
- Katie Meyer
Jun 26, 2020 · Most Republicans oppose the effort to make D.C. a state. Rep. James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky and the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said he thinks the bill is "unconstitutional." Other republicans argue D.C. isn't big enough to be a state — and also that its economy is that of a city and not a state.
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