Clinton: I support D.C. statehood
The Democratic frontrunner wrote for The Washington Informer that “the District of Columbia is often neglected when it comes to federal appropriations” because it doesn’t have a vote in Congress. She promised to “be a vocal champion for D.C. statehood” if elected president.
“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,” Clinton wrote. “Everything from commonsense gun laws to providing women’s health care and efforts to cut down on drug abuse has been halted by Republicans, who claim the District is an exception to their long-held notion that communities ought to be able to govern themselves.”
She went on to attack Donald Trump, saying the presumptive Republican nominee “hasn’t given this issue much thought.”
In a meeting with the Washington Post’s editorial board, Trump said: “I think statehood is a tough thing for D.C. I think it’s a tough thing. I don’t have a position on it yet. I would form a position. But I think statehood is a tough thing for D.C.”
Instead of statehood why not cede most of the District back to Maryland and redraw it to include only the WH, Capitol, Mall and major monuments.