Come show your support for HR 51, Washington, DC Admission Act!
On September 19th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold the first hearing in more than a quarter century on DC Statehood. We need your help to turn out in Red & White and let Congress know that DC wants its full rights! Learn more at www.showup4dc.com.
League members are invited to attend the hearing in Washington, DC or host watch parties across the country to see this historic event. LWVUS and LWVDC have put together this guide to hosting a watch party to view this event.
We have also put together a draft letter to the editor for participants to use to spread awareness about this issue in their communities.
More about our push for Statehood…
The League of Women Voters of the United States endorses the Washington, DC Admissions Act (H.R. 51 and S. 631).
As of June 6, 2019, the House Bill, H.R. 51 has 205 co-sponsors and the Senate Bill, S. 631 has 32 co-sponsors.
Does the US Constitution prevent DC from becoming a state?
No. The Constitution gives Congress the power to create a federal district not exceeding 10 square miles that is the Seat of the Government of the United States. There is no minimum size specified in the Constitution. Congress has the authority to redefine the borders of the federal district and shrink its size, as it did in 1846 when the land west of the Potomac was returned to Virginia.
Isn’t DC too small to become a state?
No. The Constitution does not specify a minimum population or land area size for states. With more than 700,000 residents, we have a population larger than both Wyoming and Vermont. Our population is expected to exceed that of several other states by the 2020 census.
How does DC law work today?
Congress has the power to overturn any local District law. Although we have elected a mayor and council since 1974, the Mayor’s Office and District Council could be dissolved at any point at the whim of Congress. All legislation and budget appropriations are subject to Congressional approval.