Monday, July 21, 2014 | USA Today | Gregory Korte

WASHINGTON -- President Obama has been a resident of the District of Columbia (practically, if not legally) since 2009.

He rides in a limousine with D.C. license plates.

But he's been relatively quiet on the controversial subject of D.C. statehood -- until Monday.

"I'm in DC so I'm for it!" he said in at a Town Hall in Washington to promote his My Brother's Keeper Initiative.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | The Hill (DC) | Justin Sink

President Obama said Monday that as a Washington, D.C., resident he supported statehood for the District of Columbia’s 650,000 inhabitants.

"I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," Obama said Monday at a town-hall event to promote his "My Brother's Keeper" program.

"I've long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else," Obama added.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Perry Stein

D.C.'s love for Democrat Rep. Jose Serrano of New York is nothing new. In 2010, he was on the receiving end of a ceremonial resolution from the D.C. Council after he unsuccessfullyproposed ending Congress control over the District's budget. In 2013, he received a "Champion of Democracy" award at DC Vote's annual gala. Serrano is his party's ranking member on the House appropriations committee's subcommittee on financial services and general government, which oversees D.C.'s budget.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle

For the first time since he took office, President Barack Obama has come out in favor of making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state.

"I’m in D.C., so I’m for it," he said of D.C. statehood during an event in Washington today. "I've been for it for quite some time. I've long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."

Monday, July 21, 2014 | Billings Gazette (MT) | AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation's capital.

Obama was asked Monday about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state during a town hall at a city school.

The president said, "I'm for it," adding that he has been "for quite some time."

Obama added that: "The politics of it end up being difficult to get through Congress, but I think it's absolutely the right thing to do."

Monday, July 21, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

During an appearance at a D.C. school, President Barack Obama openly supported the city's statehood effort for the first time.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial Board

HOUSE REPUBLICANS who profess an allegiance to local democracy outdid themselves in the hypocrisy department last week as they trampled on the District’s right to home rule. Not content with measures that restrict the District from using its locally raised tax dollars for abortions for low-income women, the Republican-controlled House also voted to roll back the city’s decriminalization of marijuana and gut city gun laws.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | huffingtonpost.com (blog) | David McCabe

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) wants you to know about his crusade to block the District of Columbia's marijuana decriminalization statute -- which officially went into effect on Thursday -- it's this: He's doing it for the kids.

"There is no question in anyone's mind, nor should there be, that teenage drug use will go up due to D.C. decriminalization laws," Harris said on Bill Bennett's radio show this week.

Friday, July 18, 2014 | Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton - Press Release | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – After a congressional staffer was arrested by the U.S.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Delmarva Now | Nicole Gaudiano

The House voted Wednesday to pass legislation that includes a proposal by Rep. Andy Harris, R-1st-Md., to block marijuana decriminalization in Washington.

House Democrats who opposed the Maryland Republican's measure made no attempt to block it with an amendment Wednesday, knowing they would fail in the Republican-led House. However, the measure — which would ban the District of Columbia from using local funds to carry out a marijuana policy that takes effect today — is unlikely to advance in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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