Congress is dusting off the notion of statehood for the District of Columbia for the first time in 21 years, but that doesn’t mean residents of the nation’s capital are any closer to gaining representation on Capitol Hill.
President Barack Obama says he supports statehood for the nation’s capital.
As thousands of people gathered near the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this morning, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray used the opportunity to speak on behalf of D.C. statehood.
Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has introduced a bill that would make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state.
District of Columbia officials are using Inauguration Day to call attention to the District’s lack of statehood and congressional representation.
President Barack Obama carried the nation’s capital in 2008 with 92 percent of the vote, and some local activists hoped he would push to give the District of Columbia representation in Congress and more autonomy in local affairs.