Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864, so happy anniversary to the people of Nevada! Most people probably do not celebrate their states’ statehood admission anniversary but for the people of Washington, DC, it’s a day we long for. In the District of Columbia there are over 700,000 Americans who live in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol who cannot call our Senators because we have none. Bills before the House and US Senate though would change that. The Washington, DC Admission Act would make the residential and commercial portions of Washington, DC the 51st state while keeping a small uninhabited federal district consisting of the Capitol, Supreme Court, White House, National Mall, and several federal buildings as the federal capital.
When Nevada became a state it was by far the least populated state in the union. With 700,000 residents the District of Columbia has more people than 2 states, Vermont & Wyoming, and if population trends continue we could pass the populations of Alaska and North Dakota in the next couple of decades. Additionally, the people of D.C. unlike residents of the territories pay federal income taxes. In fact, the people of D.C. pay more cumulatively in federal taxes than over 20 states so taxation without representation is sadly alive and thriving in the neighborhoods outside of the U.S. Capitol building, a system antithetical to the founding of our nation.
Senator Jacky Rosen sits on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate which has oversight functions over the District of Columbia yet she remains curiously silent on whether the people of D.C. deserve equal treatment in the union. Presently, Senator Cortez Masto, is a cosponsor of the statehood bill and House Reps. Titus, Horsford, and Lee are all cosponsors of HR 51, the House statehood bill. Former Senate Majority Leader and Senator Harry Reid, was also a statehood bill cosponsor and Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford has also endorsed D.C. statehood. With such overwhelming support from Nevada’s elected officials, why does Senator Rosen remains mute on this issue?
Statehood would grant 700,000+ Americans equal congressional representation & autonomy over our own local affairs. The D.C. statehood cause is morally just and constitutionally sound. There’s overwhelming support for the cause among her Nevadan colleagues and given her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee we need on Senator Jacky Rosen to stand with and up for 700,000 Americans denied representation in Congress.
In a time when voting rights are under attack across this country it is important for elected officials to take stands in support of both protecting and ensuring voting rights for all Americans. Through statehood the people of D.C. are seeking fair and equal treatment in our democracy and we hope that Senator Rosen will join us and her Nevadan colleagues in supporting this cause.
Please share this with family & friends in Nevada and ask that they call, tweet at, or email Senator Rosen asking that she “stand with and up for the 700,000 people in D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the #DCStatehood bill.” D.C. folks to contact her office too!
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