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DC Statehood Hearing Fails to Generate Support After Senator Walks Out

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 12:42 PM

A Washington D.C. statehood hearing was held Monday, pitting Sen. Thomas R. Carper — the Democrat from Delaware who introduced a bill on the topic last year — against Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, who said the event was a waste of time.

Ahead of the hearing, The Washington Post preemptively summed it up on Twitter:

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The new measure, introduced in January 2013 by Carper with Sens. Patty Murray, D-Washington, and Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, would shrink the District of Columbia to a small plot of land connecting the White House, U.S. Capitol, and Navy Yard, and turn the rest of the district into the nation's 51st state named New Columbia. New Columbia, with nearly 650,000 residents, would be more populous than Wyoming or Vermont.

At the hearing, Carper argued that residents of New Columbia "bear the full responsibilities of funding the federal government and dealing with the consequences of the laws it enacts, but they do not enjoy the benefits and protection of having voting representation in our Congress."

According to The Wall Street Journal, D.C. residents currently have representation in the presidential election through the electoral college, elect a House delegate that can introduce legislation and cast committee votes but not final ballot votes, and elect two shadow senators and a shadow representative who lobby for the district.

Before leaving a half-hour into the meeting, Coburn said, "D.C. residents suffer an injustice, I agree, by not having a vote," but added that the framers of the Constitution purposefully made sure D.C. would not be a state.

"The framers designed the District to be an autonomous federal area, separate from any state’s influence, and different from all other federal land," he said.

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A Washington D.C. statehood hearing was held Monday, pitting Sen. Thomas R. Carper — the Democrat from Delaware who introduced a bill on the topic last year — against Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, who said the event was a waste of time.
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