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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    I think they should certainly get congressional representation. However, I am of mixed feelings about senate representation. Perhaps their votes should count towards elections in maryland or virginia for that body.

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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by deltabtry
    Nope but it could become the next federal prison
    If you compare crime rates and demographics, it pretty much is.

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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I think they should certainly get congressional representation. However, I am of mixed feelings about senate representation. Perhaps their votes should count towards elections in maryland or virginia for that body.
    This is something that I would favor. It is unfair that residents of DC don't get the same representation in Congress as residents of other states, including Washington's own suburbs. Give them representation through MD and VA instead of creating new Senate seats.

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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    The population of Washington D.C. is ~ 603,000. The population requirement is 60,000 citizens. The population of the Capitol can't vote, yet they get 3 electoral votes. Not sure how that works. The citizens of D.C. paid more than some states in taxes.

    So, should D.C. be made a state?

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    Should the citizens of D.C. be granted the same rights of citizens of actual states?
    Yes, it should become a state.

    The city has grown too large for it to be administrated over by Congress, and the city budget should not be a matter of national politics - rather, it should be of local politics.

    And the people of the city should be able to vote and have representation in Congress. 1 Representative and 2 Senators.

    No good reason why they shouldn't.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    No for Statehood. The reason for the District's foundation in the first place was to avoid having the Capital in one of the States in the first place. The District of Columbia is not a very big place anyone who lives there and wants to have a state Government can just move a few miles a way to a real state. Anyway to make it a State would require an Amendment to the US Constitution.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    Anyway to make it a State would require an Amendment to the US Constitution.
    No it wouldn't. Washington, D.C. is a federal district by an Act of Congress, so it would only take an Act of Congress to amend the nature of the federal district to allow it to become a state pursuant to the normal procedures for an area to acquire statehood.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    Gonna show a little ignorance here, who picks who your electoral votes go towards?
    The residents of DC are able to vote for president like any state...we just don't have any representation in Congress (aside from a non-voting delegate).
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    DC is property of the federal government. The land that is now Washington DC was given by Maryland to the federal government to create the capitol city. Washington DC also consumes an extreme amount of federal funds, making it a state and then having the feds fund it like it does simply because the state holds the capitol wouldn't be very fair to the other states.
    The federal government could still retain control over the National Mall, and turn the rest of the District over to the people. Many of the federal agencies are in suburban Maryland or Virginia anyway, so federal funds are already going toward specific states to fund the operations of the federal government. And let's not even get into all the military bases that are located around the country, thus funding the economies of those various states.

    Besides, the federal government is already sending a certain amount of money to this part of the country, regardless of whether you call it a "state" or a "district" or whatever else. So if it's a question of fairness it isn't like the other 50 states would suddenly be worse off.

    The only way I think DC should ever become a "state" would be to give it back to Maryland. The feds actually tried this and Maryland declined because DC would cost too much in state funds. I think it's best that DC remain a federal district and not a state.
    Maryland doesn't want DC back, which is why DC should become a state. It's ridiculous that we have no representation in Congress despite the fact that we have MORE at stake in congressional decisions than any state does, since Congress can and does veto the actions of our city council for their own political whims.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Serious View Post
    No for Statehood. The reason for the District's foundation in the first place was to avoid having the Capital in one of the States in the first place.
    And why is that necessary today?

    The District of Columbia is not a very big place anyone who lives there and wants to have a state Government can just move a few miles a way to a real state.
    Why should we have to move in order to have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people?

    Anyway to make it a State would require an Amendment to the US Constitution.
    No, it can become a state at any time through the same process as any other state.
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    Re: Should Washington D.C. become a state?

    I would say no to statehood, but I do think they should be represented in Congress.
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