Formerly dismissed by its critics as a regional issue, DC state life has gained national prominence in recent years, and the increased attention has now been translated into legislative action. Late last month, Parliament passed a DC bill with a record number of co-sponsors, and Joe Biden has offered full approval of the proposal.
This momentum has given activists hope that DC statehood now – with Democrats controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress ̵
For government spokesmen, this moment feels like an opportunity to rectify a 200-year-old injustice. The district’s population of 700,000 is more than Wyoming and Vermont, and DC residents pay more in federal taxes than their counterparts in 22 states, yet they do not have congressional representation. Perhaps even more annoying to state aid supporters is the fact that DC laws are subject to congressional review, meaning lawmakers from across the country have an effective veto against local proposals.