I’m with those who are troubled by giving a voting representative to persons who live in the District of Columbia–as has been said above, there are clear procedures for admitting new states to the Union, and that’s one way for the D.C. voting issue to be settled.
The other thing, which I think is better, would be to have D.C. cede back most of it’s territory to Maryland. Keep the Capitol, the White House, the Supreme Court, the executive office buildings, the Mall and all the museums and monuments in a newly reduced District of Columbia, and give all the rest of the District back to Maryland.
There’s a precedent for that, too. Look at where the southern line of the District is drawn–at the Potomac. All the Virginia portions of the District were ceded back to Virginia in July 1846, so why not give the Maryland parts back to them now–except for the actual seat of government.
Now, maybe Maryland won’t want it–but can’t we just jam it down their throats? I mean, look at all the stuff the eastern states jammed down the throats of western territories as they sought statehood–and I don’t just mean abandoning polygamy. How do you think Nevada ended up being owned 95% (or whatever) by the Federal government?
And, imagine those Maryland senators and representatives fighting against it! Fighting to keep those poor folks in Georgetown and Anacostia from having the right to vote.
Maybe they could be required to send a lot of money, the same as the West German states had to send a lot of money to the east to make the marriage work–but, hey, they can do it. All those folks up in Silver Spring and Wheaton and Columbia just need to dig a little deeper and pay more in taxes, and it’ll be just fine.]]>
I am not a lawyer, but I am familiar enough with the law to know that a lawyers with opinions that haven’t a chance of being upheld are a dime a dozen.
Any resident of the District of Columbia who thinks they have a valid legal (i.e. constitutional) argument for representation in Congress should get together with like minded souls and file suit in federal court. Simple as that.]]>
What about all the youth who pay taxes on their income, but are not allowed to vote?]]>
Craig – Nobody os suggesting DC have Senators. My home county in Idaho is bigger thgan Rhode Island, geographically speaking,but Rhode Island has two senators and two Congressman. DC is only asking for one Congressman.
Everyone – I know there is precedent for denying this vote for DC but so many seem to be making the argument in a tone that tells me they don’t want DC voters to be represented. My question is why?]]>
It is worth noting that territories and other possessions of the United States have always been without (voting) representation in the House of Representatives. Utah had no representation for almost fifty years.
Article 4 Section 1 indicates that Congress has the power to admit new “States” to the Union. The District of Columbia has not been admitted. The only proper way to remedy the situation (short of admission as a state) is with a constitutional amendment.]]>