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John Oliver Goes to Bat for Washington, DC, Statehood

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By    |   Monday, 03 Aug 2015 12:41 PM

On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver condemned the disenfranchisement of residents in Washington, D.C., an area with a greater population than Vermont and Wyoming, The Vox reports.

Washington, D.C., residents are pushing to make the district its own state with the hopes of  stopping Congress from blocking its laws through budget riders, which limit and determine how the district can use its money.

"It seems that Congress just forces riders on D.C. whenever they disapprove of how they're spending their own money," said Oliver, a comedian and media critic. "They are treating more than 600,000 people right now like children."

According to The Vox, many conservatives in Congress justify their support for "states' rights," however, as Oliver points out, "Washington, D.C., is not a state."

In an attempt to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state in the United States, former Sen. Joe Lieberman pointed out in a press release from 2012 that “the United States is the only democracy in the world that denies voting representation to the people who live in its capital city."

Lieberman added, "Residents of the District of Columbia have been denied their right to fully participate in our democracy for far too long, and this legislation would finally give residents a voice."

If Washington, D.C., became a state, Oliver joked that not only would 600,000 Americans have the right to vote, but the U.S. flag would also have to be changed.

"We could do that," Oliver said. "Sure, it would look slightly different, but we've been using a 51-star flag for this whole segment and none of you have (expletive) noticed."

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On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver condemned the disenfranchisement of residents in Washington, D.C., an area with a greater population than Vermont and Wyoming, The Vox reports.
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