Debate On D.C. Statehood Starts With Contentious House Hearing

The approximately 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia do not have Congressional representation like all other Americans. While D.C. statehood has been debated several times in recent years, new congressional hearings this week show that the debate will be extremely contentious. “Congress can no longer allow D.C. residents to be sidelined in the democratic process, watching as Congress votes on matters that affect the nation with no say of their own, or watching as Congress votes to overturn the laws of the duly elected D.C. Council with no say of their own,” Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norto…

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