Tuesday, November 23, 1993 | Boston Globe (MA) | Editorial
Supporters of statehood for the District of Columbia have reason to be
optimistic despite the defeat they suffered in Congress Sunday. A country that
was founded on the principle of no taxation without representation cannot
forever condone the existence of a city whose residents pay some of the highest
federal income taxes but have no voting representation in Congress.
Tuesday, November 23, 1993 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
WHAT HAPPENED in the waning moments of the debate this weekend on the D.C.
statehood bill illustrated the reasons for keeping up the push for local
self-determination. At the end of the debate, the bill's Democratic floor
manager, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, was forced to stand by voteless
as the other members of the House registered their will. That is what it means
to represent the only taxpaying U.S. citizens who can't vote for legislators
who make their laws.
Sunday, November 21, 1993 | Washington Times (DC) | Jim Clardy
****THE HOUSE FLOOR TALLY TODAY IS ONLY EXPECTED TO IDENTIFY BASELINE
SUPPORT**** D.C. statehood supporters are proclaiming victory before the votes are
tallied today - not that they believe their measure will pass. But yesterday's historic 252-172 vote to place the bill before the full
House is a symbolic triumph for statehood supporters, who say that even in
defeat they will gain momentum for their cause after years of incremental
progress on Capitol Hill.
Saturday, November 20, 1993 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
TODAY THE House of Representatives begins debate on whether the District of
Columbia should become a state. The deliberation is historic, as will be the
vote expected to follow this weekend. The issue is not the fate of statehood
legislation this year: Supporters concede they have little chance of winning.
It is whether a lopsided defeat will ultimately cost or break political ground
for statehood. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton contends that even in
defeat, a vote "would give the undemocratic treatment of the District the
Monday, November 15, 1993 | Washington Times (DC) | James Miller
Very soon, probably this month, the House of Representatives will vote on
statehood for the District of Columbia. The current bill would carve out an
area containing the major federal installations (including the White House and
Capitol), which would then become the new (slimmed-down) District of Columbia.
The rest of the District would become the 51st state called New Columbia.
Thursday, July 8, 1993 | USA Today | Editorial
Jesse Jackson got arrested last Thursday, and he might get arrested again
today. The charge: unlawful assembly, committed during a series of sit-ins to
protest the second-class citizenship of Washington, D.C.'s 600,000 residents. The District of Columbia is more populous than three states. Only two states
pay more per person in federal taxes. Yet although district residents accept
the full obligations of citizenship, they receive only partial rights in
return.
Sunday, January 24, 1993 | Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) | David R. Boldt
"The whole idea of making this little piss-ant city into a state is
ludicrous, something like a fly landing on an elephant's rump and contemplating
rape." There's something ironic, and perhaps even a little ominous, about the
possibility that instead of turning the economy around, Bill Clinton may spend
his first 100 days dealing with Haitians, homosexuals and Saddam Hussein.
Wednesday, January 13, 1993 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
IT IS TIME to right a great historic wrong. Since 1800, the residents of
Washington, D.C., have been the only taxpaying U.S. citizens denied
representation in Congress. With the election of Bill Clinton, it has become
politically possible to give them the status that is their due. We believe now
is the time to begin defining and then putting in place an arrangement that
puts District residents on an equal footing with all Americans.
Tuesday, December 29, 1992 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Matt Yancey
WASHINGTON (AP) - Boosters of statehood for the nation's capital have a
friend headed for the White House, but ebbing support in Congress could wash
away their hopes. And while Bill Clinton the candidate said he would like to see statehood for
the District of Columbia in his first term, President-elect Clinton appears
unwilling to spend much political capital to make it happen. "Congress would have to act, but I believe in it ... and I assume a
bill will be introduced and I expect to support it," Clinton told
reporters recently.
Sunday, October 18, 1992 | Washington Post (DC) | Editorial
Recent setbacks experienced by the District at the hands of Congress
underscore the perils of the District's exclusion from full legislative participation
in national government. The only jurisdiction in the nation to have its local
decisions made regularly by Congress, the District is also the only
jurisdiction to have no voting representation in Congress. It is thus
inherently vulnerable to the games other people's legislators play at election
time.

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