If You Oppose Taxation Without Representation, Support D.C. Statehood

Perhaps you heard that the House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate a bill making the District of Columbia the 51st State.  It will die in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The United States is likely the only country in the developed world where residents of its capital city have no voting representation in their government. It was only 60 years ago that D.C. was given 3 votes in the Electoral College, and it still has no voting representation in Congress. Republicans will never accept that because the District is overwhelming Democratic. (Trump got 4% of the vote in 2016.)  In 2000, the District added the phrase “Taxation Without Representation” to its license plates, and newly elected President George W. Bush responded by ordering that US Government plates replace the D.C. plates on all White House vehicles. Since then, the verb “End” was added to the controversial phrase.

As a compromise, I suggest that the residential areas of D.C. be annexed into Maryland, giving that state another seat or two (based on population) in the House of Representatives. Perhaps Republicans could accept this approach since it wouldn’t produce two Democratic U.S. Senators, just one or two Democratic representatives.