The lower house of the United States Congress (House of Representatives) recently passed a bill to make Washington DC, the 51 USA state. The Washington, D.C. (Capital of the United States of America) Admission bill is being passed for the second time in a year. The Admission bill will create the state of “Washington, Douglas Commonwealth”. It has been named after Frederick Douglass.
The Capital is formally known as Columbia. It is located on the Potomac river. It borders Maryland and Virginia.
Statehood movement in the District of Columbia
The Statehood Movement aims to make the Columbia District a state of USA. This will provide the taxpayers with voting representation in the US Congress. Eventually they will receive full control over the local affairs. Currently, the Columbian district is under the direct jurisdiction of the USA Congress.
How can the Statehood be achieved?
The Statehood shall be achieved in the USA if the Congress passes a law. The Article IV of the Constitution of the USA empowers the Congress to admit new states to the Union by passing a law.
If Columbia becomes a state, it will rank 49th in population. But in terms of GDP, it will rank first. And also, first in terms of median household income.
About Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was the first African American to be nominated for Vice President of the America. Douglass was a social reformer, orator and abolitionist. Douglass once served as a slave in Maryland. He escaped slavery and became a national leader of the Abolitionist movement. The Abolitionist movement sought to end slavery in the United States of America.
2016 statehood referendum
On 25th April 2016, Columbian Mayor Muriel Bowser called for a districtwide vote on whether the nation’s capital should become the 51st state. This was followed by the release of a proposed state constitution. The state constitution would make the Mayor of the District of Columbia the governor of the proposed state, while the members of the District Council would make up the proposed House of Delegates. While the name “New Columbia” has long been associated with the movement, community members thought other names, such as Potomac or Douglass, were more appropriate for the area.
In November 2016, the voters of Columbia voted overwhelmingly in favor of statehood, with 86 per cent of voters voting to advise approving the proposal. Although the proposed state name on the ballot sent to voters appeared as “State of New Columbia“, the resolution passed by the D.C. District Council passed in October 2016, weeks before the election, changed the name to “State of Washington, D.C.”, in which “D.C.” stands for “Douglass Commonwealth“, a reference to African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in Washington, D.C. from 1877 to 1895.