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.
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NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
Keep up with DC Statehood Bill News!
Known officially as the State of Washington, DC Admission Act, the legislation from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton -- HR 1291 -- now has 136 cosponsors -- a new record! -- as of July. A companion bill from Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 1278 -- now has 19 cosponsors. For the full list of cosponsors for the 115th Congress (and previous Congresses), see here.
DC residents came out in force on Capitol Hill in February, April, June and July to educate Congressional staff on how to defend DC Home Rule and our plan to fully enfranchise District residents. And we'll be back this fall for another go-round!
DC Home Rule Meets the Emoluments Clause:
DC Attorney General Karl Racine made national news with his announcement of a lawsuit filed together with MD Attorney General Brian Frosh against Pres. Donald Trump alleging violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution of the United States for income accrued by the President through his Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, which today hosts many of the international delegations which come to meet with officials at the White House. This lawsuit follows a lawsuit filed by Washington, DC hotel and restaurant operators. The Trump Organization has announced plans to build another hotel in Washington, DC.
Congress Goes to War with DC (Once Again)
A slew of proposals for new federal laws intended to strip DC residents of their local lawmaking rights have come out of the new Congress on a wide variety of issues big and small:
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. (Similar laws exist in CA, CO, OR, VT and WA, where Congress is prohibited from overturning local laws.) DC activists returned to Congress for lobby days in February and June, meeting with more than 80 House and Senate offices to discuss our concerns and to explain the Washington, DC Admission Act.
- 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.
- 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. So far, the Senate has not taken action on the matter.
- 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 was introduced in late March in the House by Rep. Tom Garrett (R, VA-5).
- Following the tragic shooting on Flag Day of a group of Congressmembers, staff, Capitol Hill Police officers and others at a baseball field in neighboring Alexandria, Virginia (a state with few restrictions on gun possession), Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4) proposed another new provision intended to require the District of Columbia to allow concealed carry by any person holding a conceal carry permit in any other state.
Flushable Paper Products -- huh?:
A dispute between DC Water and Sewer administrators and the manufacturers of "flushable" wipes led to a particularly petty showdown with Congress when the Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) appealed to longtime DC Home Rule foe Rep. Andy Harris (MD-4) to prohibit the DC government from enforcing a local law establishing a standard for flushable wipes.
See more on our Recent Developments page.
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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