“Taxation without representation was the rallying cry for the American Revolution, yet 245 years later it endures in our nation’s capital,” NEA said in comments submitted for the record of the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s June 22 hearing on statehood for the District of Columbia, whose population of 712,000 exceeds that of Vermont and Wyoming.
Denying District residents full representation in Congress is unjust: they pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the nation and, in total, pay more in taxes than residents of 21 other states. It is also dangerous: Violent insurrectionists invaded Congress on January 6, yet the District could not deploy the National Guard because it is not a state. No other democracy denies its citizens equal representation because of where they live.
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. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S. 51) would preserve 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 urge them to support the D.C. Admission Act (S. 51).