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Previously dismissed by critics as a regional issue, Washington state has gained national significance in recent years, and that increased attention has now translated into legislative action. Late last month, the House passed a Washington state bill with a record number of co-sponsors, and Joe Biden offered full approval of the proposal.
This momentum gave activists hope that now – with Democrats controlling the White House and both houses of Congress – Washington state could finally become a reality. However, many challenges remain in the equally divided Senate, and Republicans are determined to keep just 50 stars on the American flag.
For defenders of the state, this moment is an opportunity to right a 200-year-old injustice. The district’s population of 700,000 is larger than that of Wyoming and Vermont, and DC residents pay more federal taxes than their 22-state counterparts, but they are not represented in Congress. Perhaps even more infuriating for supporters of the state is the fact that DC’s laws are subject to congressional scrutiny, which means lawmakers across the country have an effective veto over local proposals.


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