Submitted by Nathaniel Russell
To the Editor:
No taxation without representation. It’s one of the key reasons why America fought for its independence. So why do we continue to tax Washington, D.C. residents without giving them proper representation in Congress?
The population of D.C. is comparable to the populations of entire states like Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Vermont. Each of those states gets two senators apiece and a voting House member to advocate for their needs in Congress. But because of its status as a district, D.C. has no senators and its one representative in the House is prevented from voting. Yet, residents of the District still live, work, serve in the military and on juries — and yes, pay federal taxes.
Denying hundreds of thousands of Americans a voice in our democracy goes against what this country claims it stands for. But we can easily change this by making Washington, D.C. the 51st state. And it’s not as difficult to do as it sounds! Statehood for the District can become a reality by making its way through Congress like any other bill.
Adding D.C. as the 51st state in the union would be a huge win in giving full congressional representation to hundreds of thousands of Americans. That’s why I’m urging my senators and my community to support D.C. statehood.