Washington DC To Become 51st State?
The call to make Washington D.C, the seat of government of the United States of America, as the nation’s capital has been gaining attention lately. But is it really feasible?Advertisement
Before Washington D.C was officially considered as the country’s capital in 1790, former presidents of the United States, including George Washington, took office in different parts of the country. Washington took office in New York City before it was moved to Philadelphia for about a decade, the Time reported.
Constitutionally wise, it’s pretty much impossible. It is because the Constitution of the United States explicitly states that the country’s capital must not be a state so as the government must not feel unduly bound to please the state government.
But Washington D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser is not taking no for an answer as she took a bolder step to call for the District’s statehood. The call to make the District the country’s 51st state has been lingering for decades, but none of those attempts even reached the congress.
According to a separate report from the Washington Post, Browser launched the initiative to make The District as the 51st state of the U.S during a morning meeting with Washington residents. As a district under the direct control of the federal government, Washington does not have a representative to the congress.
“We’re changing the starting point for the statehood conversation. Instead of waiting for congressional action, we want the people of the District of Columbia to speak. We want to demonstrate, by a vote of the people, support for statehood in the District of Columbia,” Bowser was quoted as saying by the Washington Post
If approved, the statehood of Washington would give it two seats in the Senate and local and direct liberty over its spending. Another problem that the city has been facing internally is the stringent control of the Congress over its spending plan.
In fact, the city has already drafted its spending plan without the appropriation act from the congress. For the first time, the city will be spending its money amounting to $13 billion, unless the Congress would intervene and oppose, the Washington Post reported.