Make DC A State

The United States is the only democratic country in the world that denies the residents of its capital both voting rights in the national legislature and local autonomy. Right now, the more than 700,000 people living in the District of Columbia pay federal taxes but have zero voting representation in Congress. On January 3, 2021, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton  the District’s nonvoting representative  introduced HR 51, which would support DC statehood, including granting the new state two senators and one representative in Congress. In the previous Congress, the House of Representatives passed this bill for the very first time, but it was not taken up by the Senate.