D.C. Statehood Support in the White House
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (5/13/21): “Well, we have issued a statement of administrative pol- — administration policy, as you know, strongly backing the bill. And our view is that admitting D.C. as a state is well within Congress’s power, and that the arguments to the contrary are faulty. But we also think there are ways to allay the concerns that have been raised, and that’s why we’re working with Congress to make the bill as strong as possible, as would be the case in any — nearly any negotiation or about any piece of legislation… I — I’m not going to get into more details of it, other than we certainly would support D.C. statehood and strongly back the bill.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (4/20/21): “President Biden strongly supports D.C. statehood and he and – we will all, our administration – will work with Congress to get it passed. We put out a Statement of Administration Policy in strong support of H.R. 51 just this morning. His view is that we are – the denial of voting representation in Congress and local self-government to the 712,000 residents of our nation’s capital violates two of our nation’s founding principles: no taxation without representation and consent of the governed and he will continue to advocate for this passing. I will also note an interesting detail I didn’t know until this morning is that there are a number of members of course of the armed forces, retired military who of course live in the District of Columbia and are denied – as a result of having the lack of statehood – the rights that many others around the country have. So there are number of issues why this is absolutely the right step and the President will continue to advocate for it.”
White House Office of Management and Budget Statement of Administration Policy (4/20/21): “The Administration strongly supports H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self- governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded. H.R. 51 rights this wrong by making Washington, D.C. a state and providing its residents with long overdue full representation in Congress, while maintaining a Federal District that will continue to serve as our Nation’s seat of government. Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress as H.R. 51 proceeds through the legislative process to ensure that it comports with Congress’ constitutional responsibilities and its constitutional authority to admit new states to the Union by legislation. The Administration calls for the Congress to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (4/14/21): “Well, he supports it. And in his conversations, of which there are many, as is evidenced by the last few days, a range of topics and issues come up, and he certainly expresses his support. And ultimately, it’s up to Congress to pass legislation and send it to his desk… I would say he supports it, so he’d be happy to sign it. But in terms of the rank priorities, I’m not going to get into a situation of doing that. But it’s something he supports. He’s conveyed that to Congress. And he certainly supports efforts to move it forward.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (3/18/21): “Yes… I think he would say that the half a million people who live in D.C. — am I getting that number right?… A little more than — it’s grown since I left and went to the suburbs. Would — would argue with that point, and so would he. I mean, he believes they deserve representation; that’s why he supports D.C. statehood.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (1/22/21): “The President has supported D.C. statehood in the past; that certainly remains his position. But I don’t have anything for you on the timeline or next steps there.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (1/21/21): “I hate to disappoint you, but I will have to circle back with you on that as well. There is quite a bit going on. I have not discussed D.C. statehood with him in the last 36 hours.”
Joe Biden (D)
President of the United States of America
@JulieZauzmer (1/19/21): “Kid, I’ve always been there with you. I’ve always supported statehood.
@JoeBiden (6/25/20): “DC should be a state. Pass it on.”
51for51 (2/25/20): “Absolutely, I have for the last 28 years. Yes [with 51 votes in the Senate].”
Iowans for DC Statehood (2/3/20): Biden pictured with an Iowans for DC Statehood sign.
51for51 (8/8/19): “[The District of Columbia] should be a state… I have supported statehood for 36 years.”
NBC 4 Washington (7/31/19): “His deputy national press secretary said ‘his view is the same [as in 2015], and he supports it.’”
Iowans for DC Statehood (7/15/19): Biden said he would commit to work with Congress to get D.C. statehood.
Iowans for DC Statehood (5/1/19): Biden pictured with a D.C. Statehood pin.
WTOP News (1/16/15): “You should be a state.”
Mic (5/9/13): “There should be two Senators from the State of D.C.”
Kamala Harris (D)
Vice President of the United States of America
@SenKamalaHarris (6/25/20): “DC should be a state. Pass it on.”
51for51 (11/23/19): “I went to Howard University… Let me just tell you, I’m really clear about this. It is unfair on its face: taxation without representation – see I know the slogan. I know what I’m talking about. I’m there. I agree with you.”
@TyHobsonPowell (11/22/19): “No taxation without representation. I’m there.”
@SenKamalaHarris (9/19/19): “More than 700,000 Americans in Washington, D.C. are being denied full representation in Congress. This isn’t just undemocratic—it’s a longstanding injustice that must end. Proud to support #DCstatehood, which is finally getting a Congressional hearing today.”
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