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Obama shares support for DC statehood

Posted by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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Obama shares support for DC statehood

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President Obama said Monday that as a Washington, D.C. resident he supported statehood for the District of Columbia’s 650,000 inhabitants.

"I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," Obama said Monday at a town hall event to promote his "My Brother's Keeper" program.

"I've long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else," Obama added.

The president said there was no reason based on population size to deny the district's residents statehood. But he acknowledged that the politics in Congress on D.C. statehood would be "difficult."

Last year, the White House installed the District's "taxation without representation" license plates onto the presidential motorcade.

At the time, the administration released a statement saying Obama had seen “first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress.”

“Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the President’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, Home Rule and budget autonomy for the District,” the statement said



Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/212839-obama-supports-dc-statehood#ixzz387qzp4P5 
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by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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erika9009
by Bronze Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He and this congress have way bigger things to worry about than this.

If he just mentioned this off the cuff in passing, OK.  If he is working with congress and the local government to see if it can happen, that is a problem

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Well why not, I never understood why it already wasn't. What is one more star on the flag.

supermonstermom
by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Washington D.C. was created for the sole purpose of having a capital city of the United States of America. As written in the U.S. Constitution, Washington D.C. is a special district that intended to serve as the permanent national capital. It was created to be the seat and hub of the federal government and is referred to as a federal district. As federal district therefore, it implies that the Washington D.C. is one city that does belong to any one of the states of America. This is explains why Washington D.C. is not a state.

(this site explained it much better than I could. ) 

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