SUPPORT STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Without statehood, residents of the Distric
SUPPORT STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Without statehood, residents of the District of Columbia are
denied fundamental rights. They are politically disenfranchised.
Every law duly passed by District legislators is subject to the
whims and political winds of Congress. Every cent raised
exclusively in the District can be allocated as Congress sees fit.
District citizens must fulfill all the obligations of citizenship,
including paying taxes and military service, yet have no decisive
Congressional vote. Yet the District of Columbia has nearly as many
or more people than six states, each of which has two Senators.
District residents may more in federal taxes than eight states, and
more per capita than 40 of the 50 states. Of the 115 nations in the
world with elected national legislatures, the U.S. stands alone in
denying representation to the residents of its capital.
Under the New Columbia Admission Act (H.R. 51 and S. 898) key
federal buildings, agencies and monuments (primarily the White
House, Capital and buildings adjacent to the Mall) will remain the
federal seat of government as the District of Columbia. The
remaining territory will be admitted into the Union as the state of
Write or call your Members of Congress. Urge them to support
the New Columbia Admission Act to give residents the full rights
enjoyed by other citizens - the right to self determination, full
and equal voting representation in Congress and local budgetary,
legislative and judicial autonomy.
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