“No taxation without representation” has been a cliché of American politics almost since the nation’s founding, but for citizens of Washington, D.C., those words have been anything but a guarantee.
President Barack Obama is for D.C. Statehood, as are quite a few of his neighbors in the District of Columbia. On Monday, those boosters will make the first concrete progress toward that goal in 20 years. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013. The hearing will be the first about D.C. statehood since 1993, when a similar House measure went up for a vote.
Along the walk underground from the Capitol to the Dirksen Senate Building, you traverse a long, soulless hallway with a mini train track. As the path curves around, a flag of each state hangs with a corresponding circular crest. Each state’s flag hangs in the order of its admission to the United States.
A Senate committee held a hearing Monday on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia. Or perhaps it's better to say a single Senator held a hearing on the bill, since only Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), who chairs the committee and introduced the legislation, stayed for the entire duration.
After the U.S. House of Representatives debated a D.C. statehood bill in 1992, the measure made it out of committee before being killed during a vote on the House floor. But a statehood bill debated yesterday in the U.S. Senate may not even make it out of committee — despite Democrats controlling the chamber.
The last time Congress considered legislation to change the District of Columbia’s status as a non-voting federal jurisdiction, it was only a partial measure and Democrats controlled both chambers as well as the White House. But in an environment where even 2009’s halfway measure looks highly unlikely -- if not impossible -- supporters are pushing for full statehood.
President Barack Obama may think that granting D.C. full statehood is "the right thing to do," but the topic hasn't received enough backing from Congress to get so much as a hearing in two decades. That will change as of 3:00 p.m. on Monday when the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs holds a hearing about whether or not D.C. should become a state called "New Columbia."
A Senate committee will hold a hearing on a D.C. statehood bill for the first time in 20 years today. While this is a major visibility boost for the movement, the bill is unlikely to go anywhere, as the Post was kind enough to point out.
The story is less cynical than the tweet, but the message is still the same: Today's statehood hearing is just another "exercise" in what may ultimately be a futile fight. But statehood activist Josh Burch frames the hearing a different way: Another important part of a long process.
In a renewed push to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., a Senate hearing was held Monday for what some hope is the start of a process that will result in the creation of the 51st state.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard arguments for the measure, the first time such a meeting has taken place in 20 years.