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 133 cosponsors one month after our second major should-be-citizen lobby day on June 12 with the addition of Rep's Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Darren Soto (FL-9), Bill Foster (IL-11), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Dwight Evans (PA-2), Ruben Kihuen (NV-4), Donald Norcross (NJ-1), Val Butler Demings (FL-10), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1). A complimentary bill by Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 1278 -- was introduced on May 25 in the Senate and now has 19 cosponsors. For the full list of cosponsors for the 115th Congress (and previous Congresses), see here.
DC Says NO to Federal 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) the lone no vote among the Republicans. (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 (should-be-)citizen lobby days on February 15 and June 12, meeting with upwards of 80 House and Senate offices to discuss our concerns and to explain the bill.
Last but not least, 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 hotel and restaurant operators in Washington, DC earlier in the spring, who allege unfair competition from the Hotel. The Trump Organization has said that it is plans to build another hotel in Washington, DC in the near future.
Congress Goes to War with DC (And Not for the First Time)
The early months of the new Congress brought a slew of 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).
The fourth week of January brought the first Congressional floor vote on a local DC law, 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, but so far, the Senate has not taken action on the matter.
More recently, a dispute between DC Water and Sewer administrators and the manufacturers of "flushable" wipes led to a new showdown with Congress when the Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) appealed to longtime DC Home Rule foe Rep. Andy Harris (MD-4) to insert an amendment into a federal (i.e. "must-pass") appropriations bill to prohibit the DC government from enforcing a local law establishing a standard for flushable wipes. DC Water authorities contend that some such wipes actually clog local sewer lines, requiring costly repairs.
Finally, 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. (You can see more on 2017 in Congress 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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