During the recent push for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state, the Democratic Governors Associate (DGA) has invited and added Muriel Bowser, the Democratic Mayor of Washington D.C.
A week after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated his opposition to making the nation’s capital state, bowser was allowed access to the organization. This opposition is in spite of a bill that has already passed through the House of Representatives approving such a measure. Manchin’s reluctance will see that the bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate.
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“Well, look, she’s an executive leader in the District, working on all of the things that Democratic governors are responsible [for], from continuing to save lives, get folks vaccinated in our fight against COVID, but to every other meaningful issue, from voting rights protection, health care reform and access, educational investments for every single one of her constituents and families,” stated the Democratic Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham this past Wednesday. She serves as the chairwoman for the DGA.
“And that is exactly what every one of our Democratic governors are doing every day,” Grisham went on to explain why a mayor had been admitted to an associate meant for governors. “And this partnership is an incredible announcement to really reinforce that’s what we’re dedicated to and that’s what we are about, and we’re delighted to make this announcement today.”
No matter Manchin’s position, Bowser maintained that D.C. statehood was not in fact out of the question. “Like [Grisham] said, we function as a state in so many ways. We’re treated as a state throughout federal law, and what’s missing is two senators to represent us in the Senate, so we’ll be just like very other taxpaying American.”
In Washington, D.C., Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has represented Washington D.C. in a non-voting role and has lobbied for D.C. statehood for the better part of her 30-year tenure.
The Biden administration had already shown its official endorsement of the idea of D.C. statehood entitled, “Statement of Administration Policy” on H.R. 51 which stated:
“The Administration strongly supports H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded. H.R. 51 rights this wrong by making Washington, D.C. a state and providing its residents with long overdue full representation in Congress, while maintaining a Federal District that will continue to serve as our Nation’s seat of government.
Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress as H.R. 51 proceeds through the legislative process to ensure that it comports with Congress’ constitutional responsibilities and its constitutional authority to admit new states to the Union by legislation. The Administration calls for the Congress to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”