Thursday, December 27, 2012

Washington DC Could Get Another Look For Statehood

Story first appeared on Los Angeles Times.

Retiring Sen. (I-Conn.) has introduced the New Columbia Admissions Act to put the issue of Statehood for the District of Columbia on the front burner on Capitol Hill.
 Washington DC Intellectual Property Lawyer awaits more information on this.

It is long past time to give these American citizens who have chosen Washington as their home full participation in our democracy, he said in introducing the bill this week.

The District’s lack of a vote in Congress has long been a sore point in the city, which features Taxation without representation on its license plates. D.C. residents pay federal taxes and can vote for president but have no senator, and only a nonvoting delegate in the House.
A Washington DC Class Action Lawyer would love to see this bill go through.

In 1993, the House  rejected a bill to make the district a state. The idea faced resistance from a number of Republicans because the strongly Democratic district would probably elect two Democratic senators and a Democratic member of the House if it became a state.

A bill that would have added two seats to the House -- one for the District of Columbia and another for Republican-leaning Utah -- died in 2010 after a measure was attached to it that would have weakened D.C. gun laws.

Washington DC Contracts Lawyer agree that the move would be favorable.
A statehood bill introduced last year by a Democrat, the district’s House delegate, has languished in committee in the Republican-controlled chamber.

But lately, the District has been gaining a bit more respect from members of Congress. A defense bill includes a Norton-sought provision that would direct the Pentagon to display the D.C. and territorial flags whenever the flags of the 50 states are displayed. The provision grew out of a complaint from a D.C. couple upset that state flags were flown for each of the graduates at a Naval Station Great Lakes graduation ceremony, but not the home flag of their son.

 Washington DC Complex Litigation Lawyer would like to see this happen quickly.

Although he is leaving the Senate, the first D.C. statehood bill to be introduced in the chamber since 1993 is co-sponsored by Democratic Sens. of California, Illinois and Washington state.

After having had the great privilege of serving here for 24 years, I will soon leave Congress, he said. There is unfinished business, not just for him, but for the United States of America for the 600,000 Americans who live in the District of Columbia who still don't have full voting rights.

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