Yet Another Reason for DC Statehood: Government Shutdown
The threat of a possible government shutdown highlights yet another reason why it should be a national embarrassment that DC hasn’t yet been made a state. If Congress doesn’t get its act together basic government services in the city of Washington will need to be shut down even though the district has its own tax revenue to pay for them. From the Washington Post:
With a federal shutdown looming, District leaders openly debated Tuesday morning whether to defy Congress and keep the city government open even if Capitol Hill leaders are unable to reach a spending accord.
The District is unique among local jurisdictions in the United States in requiring federal appropriations to spend its budget, which is largely funded by locally raised taxes and fees. In the case of a lapse in federal appropriations — as could happen Oct. 1, causing a federal government shutdown — the city government would be legally bound to curtail all but essential services.
This would not happen if DC was made a state.
Not only do the over 600,000 people who live in the district have no representation in Congress, but Congress uses its power over the city to constantly screw its residents. The district being needlessly subject to a government shutdown is just one example.
Local issues range from medical marijuana to HIV/AIDS prevention to school policy, Congress has often stopped popular laws or forced unpopular policy changes on the people. DC is a living example of why non-representative government is bad.
It is pathetic Democrats did not make DC a state in 2009 when they had the chance.