- Posted December 28, 2012 by
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The Great State of New Columbia?
If some senators have their way, the United States of America may have a 51st state in the coming new year. The Wednesday before Christmas, Senators Joe Lieberman, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray and Barbara Boxer presented a bill which would change the status of the District of Columbia to the ability to become the nation's newest state if voters in the District approve.
Noting that thousands do not have voting representation in Congress, the senators are pushing to enfranchise the citizens of Washington as the State of New Columbia. Not all of the District would be included, however, in the new state. Excluded will be federal buildings such as the Capitol and Supreme Court as well as the National Mall under the direct control of Congress.
The District was originally set up so that no state could have perceived influence on the powers that run the country. Of course it was never envisioned that the population would grow to the size it now is.
If the full Senate and House of Representatives pass the bill, we could see District residents voting to remain a District or becoming a state. Looks like Puerto Rico may be waiting to become the 52nd state instead of the 51st.
Should the District be allowed to become a state?
Should Congress allow District residents to vote on statehood?
From the Cornfield, I do understand the sentiment to allow voting representation in Congress. Our nation was founded in part over the issue of representation. Remember the catch phrase at the time? No taxation without representation. It would seem only fair to provide such representation to the residents of the District.