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For centuries, the residents of Washington, DC, abiding by all obligations of United States citizenship, have desired to become a state of the United States of America.
Congress’ power over the District
The United States is the only nation in the world with a representative, democratic constitution that denies voting representation in the national legislature to citizens of the capital. In addition to paying federal taxes, District residents pay local taxes and bear all the responsibilities associated with citizenship. There are two states (Vermont and Wyoming) that have populations that are smaller than the District of Columbia yet they have full representation in Congress and control over their own local affairs. The District’s population is also comparable to other States including Delaware, Alaska, and several others.
DC elects a non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives who can draft legislation but does not have a vote. The current Delegate for the District of Columbia is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. DC residents also elect two United States Senators and a United States Representative. This “shadow” congressional delegation lobbies Congress on statehood for the District. The current US Senators are Michael D. Brown and Paul Strauss. DC’s current US Representative is Franklin Garcia.
Through this site you will find updates on the District’s path to statehood. Visit frequently for updates current events, news, and announcements.
We are Washington, DC—the 51st State.