Wa. DC Potentially Declared US’ 51st State

Wa. DC Potentially Declared US 51st State

As of April 22, 2021, the House of Representatives have moved to make Washington, DC the US’s 51st state. Essentially, upon receiving statehood, the Mayor of WA DC must issue a proclamation for the first elections to Congress of two Senators and one Representative from the state.” Therefore, the House of Representatives will permanently increase to 436 members. The passing of this legislation could potentially result in a considerably worsened economy and legal system. Most importantly, it undoubtedly has the potential to fundamentally uproot our constitution… all for what?

The legislation would fundamentally contradict and uproot our constitution. In Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, which holds that “Congress shall have the Power To … exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States.” Meghan Jones, New York Times journalist and PhD, declares that America’s founding fathers decided when they wrote the constitution that it was imperative that the center of the government was not in a state. The founding fathers were reluctant to give an area with such influence (being the capitol) the possibility to be a state. Section 6 of this bill declares that “All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void.” The proposed idea and ideal that we would therefore declare a portion of our constitution null and void in efforts to add a state is hilarious and quite frankly irrational.

In direct relation, the declaration would also prove destructive to our current legal system. If DC gained statehood, it could disrupt the balance of Senate and House of Reps. German Lopez, Vox Sr. Correspondent and political issue reporter declares: “If DC was to gain statehood, it would very likely net Democrats two senators and one representative in Congress, because the District of Columbia is a Democratic stronghold.” While there are currently 53 republicans and 45 democrats in senate, adding two more likely democratic senators would cause the reelections of senators to have extremely strong changes to the government. According to Benjamin Wofford an ‘Exceptional Journalism review’ by Washingtonian Magazine and a contributor to Rolling Stones and Vox, “meaning the voters at said residence—currently the home of Joseph Biden—would control as many electoral votes as the entire population of Wyoming.”

A commonly overlooked aspect of this shift is the economic aspect- the economy would be harmed, specifically regarding the personal and non-corporate business income. Chief Financial Officer and Revenue Analysis for the District of Columbia, Natwar M. Gandhi states that the statehood of DC could affect these many avenues of income, predominately personal and non-corporate business- this directly affects rental income, earned income, passive income, and even invested income. The altering of this statehood would directly, and negatively impact non-corporate businesses, and the people that keep America going- We The People. Washington gaining statehood could affect the economy more than we know. It would not have mercy on anyone and would affect everyone in DC with 0 exceptions, harming both the homeless and rich.