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Top 10 Quotes about DC Statehood 

  1. “Virginia’s neighbors in D.C. deserve representation just like every other American, it’s far past time to recognize D.C. as our nation’s 51st state and grant hundreds of thousands of taxpaying Americans this fundamental right.” Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

  2. “With the new House majority, we have already secured a historic number of cosponsors for D.C. statehood and the endorsement of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The 700,000 federal taxpaying residents living in D.C. deserve equality and representation in their government. I believe our Statehood Bill will pass in the United States House of Representatives.” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

  3. “Residents of D.C. pay taxes, serve in the military, and are subject to all laws and courts of the United States. However, they have no voting representation in Congress, which amounts to taxation without representation…You can rest assured I will continue to support D.C. statehood..." Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA-02)

  4. "The residents of the District of Columbia deserve the right to (full) representation in Congress if for no other reason than simple fairness." U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC)

  5.  “The District’s lack of representation is not only unacceptable, but it is also unpatriotic. …the District deserves and demands statehood.” Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC

  6. “D.C. has had a referendum, they want statehood, and we should have them be allowed to vote in federal elections—have congressmen, have senators.” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

  7. “[The District of Columbia] should be a state… I have supported statehood for 36 years.” Vice-President Joe Biden

  8. “As a guy that was born in Washington, D.C., I fully support D.C. Statehood…” Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

  9. "It was doubtless wise in the framers of our Constitution to place the people of this District under the jurisdiction of the General Government. But to accomplish the objects they had in view, it is not necessary that this people should be deprived of all the privileges of self-government... I earnestly recommend the extension to them of every political right which their interests require and which may be compatible with the Constitution." President Andrew Jackson

  10. Comedian John Oliver explains how DC does not have a vote in Congress and why it should become a state in this episode of “Last Week Tonight.”

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