Senator Hilary Clinton supports Washington D.C. becoming a state and having representation in Congress.
The District of Columbia is not an official state of the U.S. It is considered a federal district and is under direct jurisdiction from Congress. The district is also governed by a mayor and 13-member city council but Congress can always over turn local laws. D.C. citizens also elect a non-voting member to the House of Representatives, but they have no representation in the U.S. Senate. But all of that will change if Clinton succeeds in making Washington D.C. an official state.
Clinton wrote an op-ed in the Washington Informer about how she will fight for Washington D.C. becoming the 51st state. “Lacking representatives with voting power, the District of Columbia is often neglected when it comes to federal appropriations,” Clinton wrote. “Many of the District’s decisions are also at the mercy of right-wing ideologues in Congress, and as you can imagine, they don’t show very much of it.”
She would go on to cite things as gun laws and women’s health as being halted in D.C. by Republicans in Congress. She also stated that as president she will be a “vocal champion” for D.C. statehood.