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The District of Columbia Wants to Become a State

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Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States with a population of almost 675,000 people, yet its residents are not entirely represented in Congress. That could change if Mayor Muriel Bowser continues pressing the issue.

According to The Hill: 

During a breakfast speech, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told lawmakers and city residents that the District deserves representation in Congress, and she called for a city-wide vote on the issue.

“I propose we take another bold step toward democracy in the District of Columbia,” Bowser said at the breakfast, according to The Washington Post. “It’s going to require that we send a bold message to the Congress and the rest of the country, that we demand not only a vote in the House of Representatives. We demand two senators — the full rights of citizenship in this great nation,” she added.

… Currently, D.C. is represented by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) in Congress, but she does not get a vote on the House floor.

The Founders intentionally created the capital to exist independently of the states. They did not anticipate so many citizens living in the nation’s capital, mostly because they never really envisioned serving in Congress to be a full-time job.

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Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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