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D.C. Statehood would give 712,000 tax-paying Americans full equality and autonomy in their government.

D.C. Statehood would give 712,000 tax-paying Americans full equality and taxation with representation.

DC has more residents, more than Vermont and Wyoming and comparable with other states including Delaware and Alaska. - D.C. Statehood

This map compares Washington, D.C. with Wyoming based on its population, contribution to the U.S. economy, number of workers and their level of education.

D.C. vs Wyoming

For more than 200 years, the residents of Washington, DC have been subjected to systemic inequality and denied the full rights of citizenship including voting representation in Congress. It is time to right a great historic wrong.

Statehood for DC

"DC resident are subjected to systemic inequality and denied the full rights of citizenship that the residents of states enjoy including voting representation in Congress.

"The House approved a D.C. statehood measure by a vote of 232 to 180 last year. The legislation, titled H.R. 51, would create the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, named after Frederick Douglass. It would give D.C. two U.S. senators and a voting representative in the House, like every other state. The bill would also cordon off the White House, Capitol and National Mall to remain under federal control as the seat of the U.S. government." - KTSA

"It was long past time to make D.C. statehood a reality." People for the American Way president Ben Jealous said in a statement that "D.C. statehood is a racial equity issue for everyone — not just the people who live there.  At the global level, denying full citizenship to D.C.'s largely black and brown population sends an appalling message to the world.  At the national level, it perpetuates entrenched power in Congress that too often stymies real progress on racial equity." - CBS

House approves measure to make Washington, D.C. a state

Who decides what makes a state?

Republican Senator Tom Cotton said in the Senate that Wyoming may be smaller, but it is a "well-rounded working-class state. Yes, Wyoming is smaller than Washington by population, but it has three times as many workers in mining, logging and construction, and ten times as many workers in manufacturing. In other words, Wyoming is a well-rounded working-class state." - Twitter

Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat, retorted in a tweet that D.C. residents shouldn't be deprived of representation "just because Tom Cotton doesn't think they have the right jobs." - CBS News

The map shows there are more workers in DC, with higher levels of education, paying more in taxes. DC residents deserve taxation with representation.

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Takeaway: Learn more about why DC should be a state at DC Statehood.


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