Welcome to New Columbia Vision
where you can learn about and support making New Columbia the 51st State.
NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
The people of DC want and need to become a state so that we will at last have the rights that Americans in the 50 states enjoy.
DC Says NO to Congressional Overlords
DC residents came out in force on Monday, February 13 to rally against a House disapproval resolution designed to overturn DC's Death With Dignity Act passed in December 2016. The disapproval resolution passed markup in the House Oversight Committee on a largely party-line vote, with former Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) voting no. (Similar laws already exist in the states of CA, CO, OR, VT and WA, where Congress is prohibited from overturning local laws.) DC activists returned to Congress for a citizen lobby day on Wednesday, February 15, meeting with over 40 House and Senate offices to discuss our concerns in advance of the reintroduction of the DC Statehood bill.
Yes, Congress is Going to War with DC in 2017
The fourth week of January brought the first floor vote, as the House passed HR 7, designed to prohibit the spending of local DC tax money on abortion-related services. The vote was a party-line affair. See the full results here. The fate of the legislation in the Senate remains unclear. In addition to #DCStatehood, DC activists will have a full plate of issues for their first visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, February 15
Is Congress Going to War with DC in 2017?
The third week of January brought news of two more Congressional bills intended to strip DC residents of their right to enact any local laws regarding matters of abortion or gun control (legislation which would be disallowed against any of the states). This week Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a bill designed to permanently prohibit the spending of any local DC taxpayer money on abortion services, reclassifying local DC abortion-related matters as a federal government issue. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a second bill intended to nullify DC laws prohibiting assault weapons, large-capacity magazines and other registration requirements, while prohibiting the District of Columbia from passing any local gun laws in the future. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced her intent to vigorously fight these, as well as the previous week's, anti-DC bills. (You can see more on 2017 in Congress on our Recent Developments page.)
Check out our 51st State Song!
Take a look at the video at the top right. Here you will see our new 51st State Song, inspired by Last Week Tonight Host and Former Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, who devoted an episode to the absurdity of the political status of the residents of the District of Columbia. See the full Last Week Tonight clip here (and note that some of this late night HBO language may not be suitable for young kids). We decided to turn Mr. Oliver's new and improved "50 States Song" into a proper 51st State Song. To see the revised lyrics, please click here. The New Columbia Admission Act, soon to be reintroduced in the 115th Congress, provides for the creation of a 51st state without the long, drawn out campaign required for a Constitutional amendment (something DC's tried before).
DC Statehood in Congress
Reintroduced at the start of the 114th Congress (2015-2016), the New Columbia Admission Act (Senate: S. 1688; House: HR 317) gained 133 cosponsors in the House and 20 in the Senate. The bill is expected to be reintroduced in the new (115th) Congress in the next few weeks. Have your members of Congress supported #DCStatehood? To check the full list of Senate and House cosponsors for previous years, see here.
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