Make DC the 51st state

At a conference last month, I had a nice chat with Mike Brown, who is the Senator for the District of Columbia. Actually, he’s the “Shadow Senator,” because he has no budget and can’t vote on Senate matters. Indeed, residents of DC — our nation’s capital — have been paying federal taxes without representation in Congress for over 100 years. I promised Senator Brown I would advocate for change. The US House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this year endorsing statehood for DC. Today, I signed a petition supporting that bill for DC’s statehood.

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