Crist Votes for DC Statehood

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D – St. Petersburg) released a statement following House passage of H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, legislation which would welcome the District of Columbia as the 51st state in the union and finally provide its residents equal representation in Congress and full, local self-government.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 216-208, comes after 200 years of D.C. residents petitioning for statehood, as they pay more federal taxes than 21 other states yet without equal representation in our democracy. Statehood is widely supported by the nearly 700,000 people who currently call the District of Columbia home and would allow the new state to elect two senators and one representative in Congress with full voting rights.

“Our nation was founded on the basic principle of democracy – that every American is afforded the right to a voice in our country’s future. The residents of D.C. deserve the same,” said Rep. Crist. “Taxation without representation cannot be allowed to continue. That’s why I’m proud to vote for D.C. statehood and grant the hard-working taxpayers of D.C. the same basic right to representation that we are blessed to enjoy in the Sunshine State!”

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