Demand Statehood for D.C.
The following info. and photo above, thanks to statehood.dc.gov
Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Donna, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, Dan, and Janis—your PDA national team.
Tell Congress: D.C. Deserves Statehood
House Vote Expected This Friday
Email Your Representative and / or
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Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is anxiously awaiting final results from primary elections yesterday, but we can’t afford to sit back now. The House will vote on statehood for the residents of Washington, D.C. as early as this Friday.
WHY STATEHOOD FOR D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. IS LARGE ENOUGH TO BE A STATE:
- D.C. has 702,000 residents, more than Vermont and Wyoming and comparable with other states including Delaware, Alaska, and several others.
WASHINGTON, D.C. CAN AFFORD TO BE A STATE:
- D.C. residents pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the US.
- In total, D.C. residents pay more in total federal income tax than residents of 22 other states, but have no say over how those tax dollars are spent.
- D.C. now operates as if it were a state with the exception of federal control over our courts and people in prison for committing felonies in D.C.
- D.C. receives between 25-30% of its budget from the federal government; as a percentage, this is less than five states and is on a par with three others.
D.C. RESIDENTS ARE DENIED REPRESENTATION:
- D.C. residents have fought and died in every war, yet those armed service members are denied the freedoms they have fought to protect.
- D.C. elects a non-voting Delegate to the US House of Representatives who can draft legislation but cannot vote. The current Delegate for D.C. is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
- D.C. residents do not have a voice in Senate Committees or on the Senate Floor. This means that D.C. residents have no say in the determination of who should serve as leadership for federal agencies, Serve as U.S. Ambassadors to foreign countries, sit on federal court benches or serve in the U.S. Supreme Court. This is true even for the federal courts within D.C.’s boundaries.
STATEHOOD FOR WASHINGTON, D.C. IS CONSTITUTIONAL:
- The Constitution sets only a maximum size, “ten miles square,” for the federal district that is the “Seat of the Government of the United States.” Congress has the authority to redefine the borders of the federal district and shrink its size, as it did in 1846, when the portion west of the Potomac was returned to Virginia (now Arlington and Alexandria Counties.
- Creating the new state will require a simple reduction in the size of the federal district to an unpopulated area which includes the US Capitol, the National Mall, museums, some federal office buildings, the White House, the Supreme Court, and major national monuments.
For all the reasons above, justice demands making D.C. a state. Please email your Representative now. Vote expected this Friday!
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