The Case for D.C. Statehood: Congressional Interference with Local Progressive Policies on Gender and Sexuality
On a sunny September morning in 2019, activists and residents of the District of Columbia (“District”) flooded the Rayburn House Office Building and spilled over into the nearby Spirit of Just ice Park to witness the first congressional hearing on District statehood in over twenty-five years. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform heard testimony from District Mayor Muriel Bowser, among others, on H.R. 51, the latest legislative effort to grant the District admission into the union as a state. The issue has directed national attention towards the Capitol as the prospect of statehood appears increasingly bright before a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.