WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement on D.C. statehood after the House passed H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act:
“Washington, D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve on juries, and serve our country, yet residents are barred from having a vote in Congress. With statehood, the 700,000 American citizens who live in the District of Columbia would have the same voting and representational rights as members from every other state in the Union. It is unacceptable that the United States is the only democratic country in the world that denies full democratic rights to its citizens living in the nation’s capital.
“The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state in the Union, giving residents the protections and equal representation they deserve. I am proud to join Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton on this bill to correct the injustice citizens who live in our nation’s capital have faced for decades. We must pass this bill so that D.C. residents are granted full local self-government and Congressional representation.”