Previously rejected by critics as a regional issue, statehood of the DC has gained national importance in recent years, and this increased attention has now become legislative action. Late last month, the House passed a statehood bill on DC with a record number of co-sponsors, and Joe Biden proposed full approval of the proposal.
This impetus gave activists hope that now – with Democrats controlling the White House and the two houses of Congress ̵
For defenders of the state, this moment feels like an opportunity to correct a 200-year-old injustice. The area has a population of 700,000 more than Wyoming and Vermont, and DC residents pay more federal taxes than their counterparts in 22 states, but they have no representation in Congress. Perhaps even more infuriating for supporters of statehood is the fact that DC’s laws are subject to review in Congress, which means that lawmakers across the country have an effective veto on local proposals.