Randall, Region Leaders Endorse DC Statehood

Loudoun County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) is among the DC region leaders who have endorsed making the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state.

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, of which Randall is part, has unanimously approved a resolution urging Congress to “establish the state of Washington, D.C. without delay.” The board includes elected officials from 24 area governments across DC, Maryland and Virginia.

“I believe D.C. statehood is a fairness issue, an equity issue, and an American issue. Taxation without representation is Un-American and wrong,” Randall stated.

While DC residents pay federal taxes, they have no voting representation in Congress. In this they join the residents of the U.S.’s five inhabited territories, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Bills currently in the House of Representatives and Senate call for the creation of “the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth,” including all of DC with exceptions for federal buildings. It would be named for Black statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

If DC were to win statehood, it would be the first new member of the United States in 62 years—likely more, considering the transition process, which would include writing a state constitution. The bill establishes a Statehood Transition Commission.

The most recent new state in the union is Hawaii, which gained statehood on August 21, 1959, months after Alaska, which gained statehood on Jan. 3, 1959. Prior to that, the most recent new states were Arizona and New Mexico in 1912.

It would also be the fifth “commonwealth” among U.S. states, joining Virginia, although there is no practical difference attached to the naming convention.

The resolution from the Council of Governments notes that DC lacks voting representation in Congress even though the District exceeds the population of two states, anchors a metropolitan statistical area that is the sixth largest in the nation, and its residents pay annual federal taxes of more than $27.5 billion, more per capita than any state. The resolution also notes that DC statehood would give voting rights to a population of 712,000 that is majority Black and other people of color.

“Residents of the District of Columbia have fought in our nation’s wars like full citizens, have paid taxes like full citizens, have acted like full citizens in every respect, but we are not treated as full citizens,” stated Council of Governments Board Chair and DC Councilmember Robert C. White Jr. “DC residents deserve statehood and equality, and I am so proud to have the support of my regional colleagues as we stand together united for this cause.”

“It is time to right this 220-year-old wrong and finally end taxation without representation in Washington, DC,” stated DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. “We know that when Washington, DC becomes the 51st state, when we get a vote in the House and representation in the Senate, that will make our entire region stronger. We thank Chairwoman Maloney and Congresswoman Norton for today’s markup, and we are grateful to have the support of the Council of Governments, and especially our neighbors in Maryland and Virginia.”

10 thoughts on “Randall, Region Leaders Endorse DC Statehood

  • 2021-04-22 at 3:41 pm
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    Pity the words “illegal” and “unconstitutional” have no meaning for these “regional leaders”.

  • 2021-04-22 at 4:10 pm
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    I think most of us would agree that our BOS should focus on county issues .

    The chair supports teaching Critical Race Theory garbage to our kids instead of teaching why the District was established as a non-state entity among other important constitutional issues.

    As most of us learned in grade school, the District was created in 1790 from ten square miles of land ceded to the federal government by Maryland and Virginia.

    The purpose of the District is stated in Federalist No. 43. The Framers of the Constitution believed that the federal government needed to have control over the seat of government—over the place where it was to conduct its business—so that it would not find itself beholden to a particular state government for its day-to-day needs.

    The states, after all, are (or at least were then) independent sovereigns guarding their political power against federal intrusion from Washington.

    Under the Constitution, if D.C. statehood is to come at all, it must be through the amendment process. The people of the fifty states, through their state legislatures, must have their say on this fundamental change to our national capital and the Constitution that created it.

  • 2021-04-22 at 4:54 pm
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    DC actually has plenty of representation since they are administered by the Federal Government. Plus, DC derives tremendous benefits by simply being the home of the Nation’s Capitol. Discounting the impact of COVID-19, DC normally makes hundreds of millions of dollars off of tourists who come to see the sights and visit their Congressional delegations. For the people who live in DC, if you think your taxes are high now, see what happens should you become a state. Your taxes will grow much higher because you will have to pay for all of that state infrastructure that you are not paying for now. How many counties will the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth have? Even if there is just one county, there’ll be state taxes, county taxes, city taxes and who knows what else. I can see where the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, would attempt to tax people from Maryland and Virginia who transit through their area on their way too work at a Federal building. Don’t think it can’t happen because it can. Also, should DC become a state, who is going to pay for the conversion costs? The Federal government shouldn’t pay since this is DC’s desire. The new State should pay every bit of the conversion costs. If the people who live in DC are so concerned about representation, then perhaps all of the area minus the Federal Property should be divided up between Maryland and Virginia, and then they’ll have plenty of representation. This is not a fiscally sound idea at all.

  • 2021-04-22 at 5:09 pm
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    Can’t wait ’till Phyllis finds out Fredrick Douglass was a staunch Republican. She’ll lose it.

  • 2021-04-22 at 7:30 pm
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    Washington DC was created by taking territory from Maryland and Va. as provided for an i n the US Constitution.
    The Va territory was cede back to Va n the early 1800s.
    Our founders did not want the capital in and beholden to any state.
    No one in DC is compelled to stay there if they want congressional representation.
    If they were really interested in giving DC residents congressional representation , they would look to return some of the district to Maryland.
    Or they would seek a constitutional amendment not push through a partisan law.
    It is shameful our Va representatives would support diluting Va”s voting power in Congress.
    There is only one explanation: it’s a partisan democrat power grab.

  • 2021-04-23 at 9:42 am
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    This isn’t a matter for politicians to decide.
    If it’s that important, then put it to the states to vote on an Amendment.

    People who live in DC, do so by choice. If they want rights beyond those which are enumerated by Federal law, then they are free to move elsewhere. Just like every other American.

    Otherwise, I’d be in favor of reducing the size of the DIstrict to that which is described in the Constitution and then either Virginia or Maryland absorb the rest of the city.

    There is zero need for another State. Other than politicians playing politics.

    Loudoun in enduring a failing vaccination effort. And a school system which has failed the children. THAT IS WHAT’S IMPORTANT. Not Unions. Ferries. And Handouts. Nor anything to do with the governance of Washington DC.

    We deserve so much better than what we have for county “leadership.”

  • 2021-04-23 at 12:58 pm
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    The (D)s do seem to enjoy making this issue all about racism.

    Well, here’s a look at racial composition of DC over time:

    Year 1800 White = 71.6%, Non-white = 28.4%
    Year 1850 White = 73.3%, Non-white = 26.7%
    Year 1900 White = 68.7%, Non-white 31.3%
    Year 1950 White = 64.6%, Non-white 35.4%
    Year 2000 White = 30.8%, Non-white 69.2%

    The numbers show that whites have been the majority race in Washington DC for most of its history.

    So how exactly did we get to the current thought process of the (D)s that it’s “racist” to limit the national voting rights of District residents.

    Logic and reason is the enemy of (D) politicians. Please don’t fall for the garbage that they spew.

  • 2021-04-23 at 3:52 pm
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    The last election had DC recording 95 % voting democrat and 5 % republican.

    I think we all know that Randall would NOT be supporting DC statehood if it meant two new republican senators.

    Politics as usual.

    Focus on Loudoun County, Ms Randall.

  • 2021-05-24 at 7:42 pm
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    As usual the Dems on the BOS initiate a distraction to their humongous shortcomings pertaining to the business of Loudoun County. Probably with guidance from our local NAACP.

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