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) 

Known officially this year as the State of Washington, DC Admission Act, the legislation from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton -- HR 1291 -- was introduced with 116 original cosponsors in the House, and is now at 121 with the addition of Rep's Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), Al Lawson, Jr. (FL-5), Donald McEachin (VA-4) and Ro Khanna (CA-17). A complimentary bill by Sen. Tom Carper (DE) bill is expected to be formally introduced in the weeks to come. 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.)

 

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 12: DC Statehood Lobby Day

Capitol Hill, 9am - 5pm

Join the DC Statehood Coalition to lobby members of Congress to support statehood.

 

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.

 

Tweets from Statehood Coalition @New_Columbia

Where to Find Us:

New Columbia Vision
1651 HOBART ST NW

Washington, DC 20009


Phone: 202 387-2966

What's New

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To accomodate our customers' busy schedules, we have extended our hours and are now open later.

 



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