• Richard Easson

Senate Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Grant D.C. Statehood

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats once again reintroduced a bill to give our nation’s capital, statehood.

The legislation, if passed, would give Washington, D.C. two senators and one member in the House.

According to the Senator who introduced the bill, Tom Carper (D-DE), “This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue; it’s an American issue because the lack of fair representation for DC residents is clearly inconsistent with the values on which this country was founded.”

The Democratic mayor of D.C., Muriel Bowser, has pushed for statehood for some time now.

Interestingly enough the city has more residents who call it home than do Vermont and Wyoming. The city also has a majority of Democratic voters. The argument for the left in granting statehood is that D.C. residents pay federal taxes but have no representation in Congress, hence their license plates that read, “End Taxation Without Representation.”

Last year, during an interview between the New York Post and then-President Donald Trump, the president confidently said that “DC will never be a state.” He noted that Republicans weren’t “stupid” enough to grant statehood to the district that would guarantee Democrats seats in Congress.

“You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic – Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.”

With their long-awaited dominance in the Senate, Democrats’ wishes for a 51st state could come true, but it’s highly unlikely. They’ll need a two-thirds vote for a constitutional amendment granting D.C. statehood, or a minimum of 10 Republicans – none have expressed interest in the amendment at this time.

In addition to wanting to grant the District of Columbia statehood, Puerto Rico has also long been in the Democrat Party’s sights. Granting the U.S. territory statehood could very well likely be reintroduced in a bill sometime in the near future.