Welcome to the DC Statehood Coalition
where you can learn more about what it will take to create the 51st State.
The people of Washington, DC deserve the same rights as Americans living in the 50 states. We want full voting representation in the US Congress and an end to Congressional interference in our local government.
We can do this by creating the 51st state from the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia, preserving a smaller federal district as the nation's capital.
PLEASE SIGN OUR STATEHOOD PETITION HERE
NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
The New DC Statehood Bill Has Arrived! (Mostly)
On Wednesday, March 1st, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Sen. Tom Carper (Delaware) held a press conference to officially announce the joint introduction of the new House and Senate bills providing for statehood for the people of Washington, DC. Known officially this year as the State of Washington, DC Admission Act, the legislation in the House -- HR 1291 -- was introduced with 116 original cosponsors, and is now at 117 with the addition of Rep. David Scott (GA-13). Sen. Carper's bill is expected to be formally introduced and assigned a bill number soon. For the full list of cosponsors for the 115th Congress (and previous Congresses), see here.
DC Says NO to Congressional Overlords
DC residents came out in force on Monday, February 13 to rally against a House disapproval resolution designed to overturn DC's Death With Dignity Act passed in December 2016. The disapproval resolution passed markup in the House Oversight Committee on a largely party-line vote, with former Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) voting no. (Similar laws already exist in the states of CA, CO, OR, VT and WA, where Congress is prohibited from overturning local laws.) DC activists returned to Congress for a citizen lobby day on Wednesday, February 15, meeting with over 40 House and Senate offices to discuss our concerns in advance of the reintroduction of the DC Statehood bill.
Yes, Congress is Going to War with DC in 2017
The fourth week of January brought the first floor vote, as the House passed HR 7, designed to prohibit the spending of local DC tax money on abortion-related services. The vote was a party-line affair. See the full results here. The fate of the legislation in the Senate remains unclear. In addition to #DCStatehood, DC activists will have a full plate of issues for their first visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, February 15
Is Congress Going to War with DC in 2017?
The first months of the new Congress have brought a slew of new proposals for federal laws intended to strip DC residents of their right to enact local laws regarding matters of abortion or gun control (legislation which would be disallowed against any of the states). Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a bill designed to permanently prohibit the spending of any local DC taxpayer money on abortion services, reclassifying local DC abortion-related matters as solely a federal government issue. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a second bill intended to nullify DC laws prohibiting assault weapons, large-capacity magazines and other registration requirements, while prohibiting the District of Columbia from passing any local gun laws in the future. A companion bill to Sen. Rubio's legislation was introduced in late March in the House by Rep. Tom Garrett (R, VA-5). (You can see more on 2017 in Congress on our Recent Developments page.)
Saturday, April 15: DC Tax Day March/Protest
Pennsylvania Avenue & 3rd Street, NW
Come join DC Vote, the DC Statehood Coalition and other DC statehood activists as we have a chance to meet Americans from across the country coming to Washington for an afternoon of rallies and a march along the National Mall. We will meet the crowds by the rally site near the Capitol, starting at 11:30 am.
Volunteers from DC Vote will meet the marchers at 12:30 pm as they begin moving up Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, NW, past the White House South Lawn and ending at the Lincoln Memorial.
Bring your statehood regalia, signs and your red and white!
RSVP on Facebook here
Check out our 51st State video!
Inspired by Last Week Tonight Host and Former Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, who devoted an episode to the absurdity of the political status of the residents of the District of Columbia. See the full Last Week Tonight clip here (and note that some of this late night HBO language may not be suitable for young kids). We turned Mr. Oliver's new and improved "50 States Song" into a proper 51st State Song. To see the revised lyrics, please click here.
Statehood marchers at the Capitol Hill Parade, July 4, 2015.
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