Biden endorses Democrat proposal to make Washington, DC the 51st US state
Added 04-20-21 04:37:02pm EST - “The Biden administration "strongly supports" a bill that would make the District of Columbia a new US state named Douglass Commonwealth, and shrink the seat of the US government to a tiny enclave in downtown Washington.” - Rt.com
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In a “statement of policy” released on Tuesday, the White House endorsed House Resolution 51, also known as the Washington, DC Admission Act.
“For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, DC have been deprived of full representation in the US Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded,” the statement said.
Establishing the Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state “will make our Union stronger and more just,” and its “diverse population of Americans from all walks of life” is “entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy,” the White House added.
The District of Columbia – named after a female personification of the American Colonies back in the early 1700s – was established by the US Constitution as the seat of the federal government, with territory ceded by Maryland on the north side of the Potomac River and Virginia to the south. Virginia reclaimed its territory – present-day Arlington County and the city of Alexandria – in 1846, leaving the federal district surrounded by Maryland on three sides.
The White House’s mention of “taxation without representation” – also a slogan on DC license plates – is meant to reference the cause that ostensibly drove America’s Thirteen Colonies to rebel against the British crown.
White House officially endorses D.C. statehood --> pic.twitter.com/n3joF2sPoK— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) April 20, 2021
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