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 SPONSOR: Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) (202) 224-2441


 Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) (202) 224-4654
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (202) 224-5653
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) (202) 224-5852
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (202) 224-2823
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (202) 224-3224
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (202) 224-2315
Sen. Laphonza R. Butler (D-CA) (202) 224-3841
 Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (202) 224-3441
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) (202) 224-4524
 Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) (202) 224-6324
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) (202) 224-5042
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) (202) 224-3542
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (202) 224-2854
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (202) 224-2152
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 
Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) (202) 224-4254
 Sen. Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH) (202) 224-3324
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) (202) 224-5521

 Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) (202) 224-5941

 Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) (202) 224-6361
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) (202) 224-4024
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (202) 224-3244
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (202) 224-4242
 Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) (202) 224-6621
 Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) (202) 224-2742
 Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (202) 224-3753
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) (202) 224-4041
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (202) 224-2621
 Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) (202) 224-3521
 Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) (202) 224-3553
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) (202) 224-6221
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (202) 224-4642
 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (202) 224-5141
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) (202) 224-3934
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (202) 224-6542
 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (202) 224-2841
 Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) (202) 224-5641
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (202) 224-4822
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) (202) 224-2023
 Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) (202) 224-3643
 Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (202) 224-4543
Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT) (202) 224-4242
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (202) 224-2921
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (202) 224-5244
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) (202) 224-6244
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (202) 224-4451 
*Deceased (September 29, 2023)
 Democrats appear in BLUE.
 Independent appears in BLACK.

 List of U.S. Senators (118th Congress).


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), today led a group of Senate Democrats in reintroducing his legislation to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state. The bill would give Washington D.C. citizens full representation in Congress.

The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S.51) would ensure that the citizens and elected leaders of the District of Columbia have full authority over local affairs, including the selection of judges to fill vacancies on state courts. The legislation would designate the areas surrounding the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the National Mall as the seat of the federal government. That area would inherit the name the “Capital” and remain under the control of Congress, as mandated by the Constitution.

“We have been taught that when our founders built a new nation they cried ‘no taxation without representation’ — a slogan that has stood the test of time. Unfortunately, ‘taxation without representation’ is the current reality for nearly 700,000 citizens living in the District of Columbia,” said Senator Carper. “These citizens do not have a voting representative in either chamber of Congress. They pay more federal taxes per capita than citizens of any of the 50 states but have no say in how those taxes are actually spent. They serve in the military and can be sent to battle in a war that they had no say in fighting. This is wrong and not consistent with the values that we hold dear as Americans. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue — it’s an issue of fairness. I am proud to once again partner with Congresswoman Norton on this important issue and look forward to the work ahead to make D.C. Statehood a reality.”

“The single idea of ‘taxation without representation’ that gave rise to the American Revolution still resonates today,”Congresswoman Norton said. “D.C. residents pay the highest federal taxes per capita and more federal taxes than 23 states, and the District has a bond rating higher than 35 states. They’ve fought and died in every war since the Revolution, and they deserve voting representation in Congress and full local self-government. Thank you to Senator Carper, our longtime ally, for leading the charge in the Senate.”

“It is a national scandal that the people who live in the capital of the oldest democracy in the world have fewer political rights than those who live outside it. Simply put, denying the people of the District of Columbia the same rights to voting representation in the House and Senate enjoyed by other citizens is undemocratic. It’s time to grant the District statehood, end taxation without representation, and deliver equality and fairness to its residents,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“The disenfranchisement of 700,000 American citizens living in Washington, DC is 220-year-old wrong that we have a responsibility to fix,” said Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “This year will mark 50 years since the passage of Home Rule. We are proud and grateful for those who came before us to secure Home Rule, but Home Rule is not the end goal – full access to our nation’s democracy is. Full access means autonomy, it means two senators, and it means being admitted as the 51st state. As we work towards that goal, we’re grateful for Congresswoman Norton’s unrelenting commitment to DC residents and for our allies in the Senate, like Senator Carper and Senator Van Hollen.”

Last year, the companion bill to Senator Carper’s legislation, introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), received a full vote in the House and passed by a vote of 216-208. District of Columbia residents have also voted overwhelmingly to petition the federal government to end this unjust situation by granting it statehood. A November 2016 referendum approved a name, constitution, and boundaries for what would become the new state called Washington, Douglass Commonwealth (D.C.)

Senator Carper first introduced legislation to grant D.C. statehood in 2013 and has introduced legislation in every Congress since. In September of 2014, as Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Carper held the first hearing on D.C. statehood in decades. And last Congress, in June of 2021, Carper joined HSGAC Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) in leading a full committee hearing on the issue of statehood for the District of Columbia.


Read the full Press Release from January 24, 2023.

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