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D.C. has more residents than Vermont and Wyoming.

D.C. residents pay more in federal income taxes than 22 other states.

D.C. receives 25-30% of it's budget from the federal government.

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About Sohaer

My name is Sohaer Rizvi Syed, and I am asking for your vote to be your District of Columbia U.S Representative.

I love DC and live in the District with my family. I am a lawyer, wife, and mother. We chose to raise our children here. My husband is a local physician who located his practice here to help make healthcare more accessible.  

Just like you, we want to have a voice, and more importantly a vote, in Congress. For far too long, the Government has been taking our tax money while telling us that our opinions really do not count. We have no say in how our federal tax dollars are spent or how our judiciary, local budget or prison system is run. Voting is the foundation of our democracy, and I am passionate about ensuring District residents have voting representation in Congress

 

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Vision

I am fighting for full democracy to have voting rights in congress and representation for Washington D.C. For the first time, we have a real chance to push forward legislation granting DC statehood status. H.R. 51 Washington Admissions Act passed the House on June 26, 2020.  Now, more than ever, we need a loud voice – a fresh voice – speaking for us in Congress. Our voices and our opinions must be heard on key issues.

We must have control over how our tax dollars are spent! “No taxation without Representation” D.C local government must be able to decide how to spend taxes collected.  We cannot allow congress to keep denying us Statehood but at the same time expecting D.C to keep functioning as a state providing services to its citizens.

As of now District of Columbia is under Home rule which allows Congress to nullify any law or initiative that the D.C government and or its voters pass. Also, Congress can use the appropriations power to change the way D.C is run! Time and time again laws that are voted on by D.C voters are held up by one or two congressman and the residents of D.C suffer the consequences.

Currently, the judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Take control of our healthcare initiatives and funding our healthcare policies to deal with issues arising in our community. We need Congress to stop deciding what healthcare policies are best for us.

10 Myths about the District of Columbia

Most countries don’t have voting rights for their capital city.
FALSE. Of all the capitals of democratic countries in the world, the U.S. is the only one where its capital district citizens cannot vote in the national legislature. The U.S. violates DC citizens' rights to equal suffrage under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was ratified in 1992.
DC is too small to have representation.
FALSE. DC is 63 square miles and has a larger population than both Wyoming and Vermont. All states - regardless of size - have equal representation in the Senate, whereas in the House of Representatives, representation is determined by population size. For example, California and Wyoming have two Senators each, but California has 53 Representatives while Wyoming has only one
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Courtesy of www.dcvote.org

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Statement on House Passage of H.R. 51

Friday, June 26, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 232-180 to pass the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51), the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a bill to make the District the 51st state.

Today, with this historic vote, DC is closer than we have ever been to becoming the 51st state.

More than 160 years ago, Washingtonian Frederick Douglass told us: Power concedes nothing without a demand. As Washingtonians and as taxpaying American citizens, we are demanding what is owed to us – the rights guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution.

It is past time to fix this injustice. It is true that DC is more brown and more liberal than many other states. But the issue of taxation without representation was settled more than 200 years ago through the Declaration of Independence, and disenfranchising more than 700,000 taxpaying Americans is wrong no matter our politics or demographics. Who we elect is our business, and denying us statehood based on who we might send to Congress is both undemocratic and un-American.

Path to Statehood

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the New Columbia Statehood Commission decided to pursue statehood through what is known as the “Tennessee Plan.” Under the Tennessee Plan, the prospective state’s  electorate votes on statehood and ratifies a constitution, without an enabling act, and then uses this as a basis to petition Congress for admission. This approach was pioneered by Tennessee in 1796 and used by Michigan, Iowa, California, Oregon, Kansas, and Alaska to gain admission to the Union.  

DC voters opted to satisfy the following four conditions for Statehood prior to filing an enabling act with Congress: 

  • Residents affirmed the desire to become a state, and 86% of voters supported the Washington, DC Admission Act.
  • Ratified a State Constitution. 
  • Established new state boundaries, which would preserve a smaller federal district required by the Constitution (see image and PDF below) 
  • Committed to a republican form of government that is representative, with elected officials including the election of United States Senators and Representatives on equal footing with the other states in the Union. 

Under the Tennessee Plan a bill must pass the US House of Representatives and US Senate and then must be signed by the President of the United States.