Reporter’s Notebook: Why the Democrats” push for DC statehood is likely to stall to keep

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Washington, DC is a “Federal enclave” carved out of Maryland and Virginia, is an odd political subdivision and the drumbeat has become a convert, and the city to a state.

It is a quarter of a century has passed since the Congress in the past, the idea of the capital of the country explored to the union as the 51st state. But, with Democrats back in control of the house, it is a priority for many liberals, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. More than half of the house to support the award of Washington state. To explore the house Oversight Committee recently convened a hearing, the possibility of the creation of a new state for the first time in 60 years.

Let’s start with the name.

Each state gets two statues in the interior of the U.S. Capitol. But, since it is not a state, the District of Columbia gets only one – and that honor came only a few years ago. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass – who lived in Washington, welcomes the tourists in the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center. And if DC becoming a state, the plan is to designate it, which, according to Douglass. Think “WDC,” in the same way as now. The city would Douglass, “the Washington Commonwealth.”

Many liberals support the rule of law for DC – especially members of the “Squad”, the focus is often on what they see as political injustice.

An image campaign is already in full swing. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said last week at a hearing that you can fly an American flag with 51 stars on the sidewalk outside the Capitol Hill office.

To deny “the denial of the rule of law of the District of Columbia, the impact of slavery in America,” said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, at the hearing.


What Ocasio-Cortez the District of Columbia was referred to the Compensated emancipation Act. The Congress approved a measure, and President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a plan to emancipate the slaves in Washington on April 16, 1862. That was a few months before Lincoln, the emancipation proclamation turned out to be. Many slaves came to Washington to escape into slavery.

But most Republicans have against making DC a state.

“The Congress can not admit, DC, legislatively,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. “If you want to change it, its a cure-a means to amend the Constitution of the United States.”

Jordan said, the geographical dimensions of the District of Columbia were advertised for in article I, section 8 of the Constitution. It is specifically a federal district described serve not miles “greater than ten square” to “, the seat of the government of the United States.”

The founder cut the District of Columbia, parts of Maryland and Virginia, the Potomac River meanders through the middle of it. In the course of time, the people flocked to the District of Columbia. A part was even known as “Washington City”.


It was assumed that the places of Georgetown and Alexandria, Va., the function as independent municipalities within the District of Columbia would. Alexandria flourished, because it was a port, and the Potomac was impassable North of there. The Federal government retroceded the Virginia portion of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Nations in 1848. Most of the “Virginia” section of DC is now Old Town Alexandria and Arlington County, Va. Stone markers still dot the old boundaries of Washington in Virginia. Such a location is in a Church Parking lot off of King Street-the main street in Alexandria — and another, in the vicinity of the King Street Metro Station in old town.

But, here’s the gist of the problem for the District of Columbia: There is no vote on the House floor and no senators did. It is not a state, so it is.


Not Authorized Del To Vote. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, the city has represented in the house since 1991. But, as a “delegate” to Congress, Norton was excluded from the elections on the House floor. House Democrats may have non-voting delegates like Norton and other similar members of Guam and Puerto Rico to vote in a special parliamentary construct, known as The “Committee of the Whole”, but it’s not quite the same. Norton may serve on committees, and introduce bills. She has an office on Capitol Hill. But, it is not a vote for DC

The Senate still has not officially such, the non-voting people are recognized, even if DC decided, “shadow senators.”

In short, the city has the right to vote in Congress, its residents, however, have taxes paid to the Federal government.

“For Washington, DC, taxation without representation sticker slogan,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass it is more than just a catchy hashtag or bumper., said at the hearing.


In the 1990s, the elected DC city Council, the plaster of the expression “taxation without representation” on the city flag. Residents could opt-out – including then-President Bill Clinton. The verbiage never appeared on the presidential Limousine. The other option is for the plates was to celebrate the pain “and discover.”

The political makeup of Washington, DC, was the key to the statehood debate. Washington current has about 700,000 inhabitants, so that there is more population than Vermont or Wyoming. Each state receives at least one house member. But, the new state would get two senators, same as California or Texas. And, because of the city’s progressive tendencies, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the senators would be Democrats. The lack of balance, the Republicans did.

World war, attack on Pearl Harbor, the Cold war, the geostrategic importance of Alaska and Hawaii-and oil-reserves in the former, the push accelerated for the rule of law in the 49th and 50th States.

The United States Alaska, admitted in January 1959. Hawaii joined in August of 1959. Many of the Hawaiians at the time thought that the 49th state, not Alaska. It 49th State was called a striking label in Hawaii, the luau music marketed. But, the rule of law hinged on two strong people: Senate majority Leader and later President Lyndon B. Johnson, D-Texas, and House Speaker Sam Rayburn, D-Texas. It apart worked, the pair of the recording of Alaska, with the inclusion of Hawaii, just a few months.

It was a compromise, with the expectation that a state’s tendency would be to the Democrats with the other inclination to the Republicans. But, something happened strange. Back in the late 1950s, in Alaska, should be, was the blue state, and Hawaii, and the red. In modern-day Alaska more conservative and Hawaii, a liberal, was – although both the governors, senators and representatives of the other parties had, in the last few years.

Still, the compromise worked.


The Alaska-Hawaii-experience would be worth mentioning. At this point, there is no “offset” DC liberal political base. Also, statehood for Puerto Rico would be likely to result in an influx of Democrats on Capitol Hill. No other “candidate” area is considered conservative.

Politics is compromise. As a result, the lack of political balance is probably the biggest obstacle for DC statehood provides.

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