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Make the District of Columbia the 51st state

Taxation without representation was the rallying cry for the American Revolution, yet 245 years later it endures in our nation’s capital. On April 22, the House voted 216-208 to correct this historic injustice and make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The denial of full representation in Congress—and therefore, full citizenship—in a city nearly half Black is egregious given our nation’s history of suppressing the Black vote. No other democracy denies its citizens equal representation because of where they live.

Denying residents of our nation’s capital full representation in Congress is unjust as well as dangerous. With over 700,000 residents, the District of Columbia has a larger population than Vermont and Wyoming. District residents pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the nation and in total, pay more in taxes than residents of 21 other states. Violent marauders roamed the halls of Congress for hours on January 6, yet the District of Columbia could not deploy the National Guard because it is not a state.

The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S. 51/H.R. 51) preserves the constitutionally required district that houses the federal government, our monuments, and the National Mall. The neighborhoods and commercial areas where the people of the District of Columbia live and raise their families would comprise the 51st state.


Email your senators and tell them to support statehood for the District of Columbia.

11 responses to “Make the District of Columbia the 51st state

  1. Of what are the “lawmakers” afraid of???? May I live long enough to see lawmakers put Country above personal gains/fears.

  2. The population warrants statehood. The accumulated revenue warrants statehood and their need for representation is their constitutional right and definitely demands statehood.

  3. Make DC the 51st state. They deserve it and they want it. Forget about statehood for PR. It has been offered and rejected by them.

  4. It is unbelievable that centuries later, “No taxation without representation” still exists in this Country.
    Leave out the politics !
    The residents of the D.C. have been left behind.
    This needs to be resolved!

    Aren’t we supposed to have a democracy where all voices and their votes count ?

  5. I appreciate all you and Gabby are doing for Arizona. Please continue to stand up for the right to vote through mail-in, etc. I am a retired high school English teacher of 31 years and am a member of NEA-Retired. I am asking you to continue to support funding for students and teachers. You have my vote. Further, my daughter has been a resident of DC for 20 years and is presently on the communications staff of the American Federation of Teachers. She is fighting for statehood as well. Please vote for statehood for DC. Thank you!

    1. Americans living in DC are shortchanged by being denied the vote. It’s important that ALL our voices are heard.

  6. I appreciate all you and Gabby are doing for Arizona. Please continue to stand up for the right to vote through mail-in, etc. I am a retired high school English teacher of 31 years and am a member of NEA-Retired. I am asking you to continue to support funding for students and teachers. You have my vote.

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