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President Obama Backs Statehood for DC

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:51:32 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- While there's a new move afoot in California to split it into six states, there has been talk for years about making Washington, D.C. the 51st state.

On Monday, President Obama revealed that he supports the idea of statehood for the District of Columbia.

The president explained his rationale like this: "Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."

According to Obama, he's no Johnny Come Lately to making Washington a state, claiming that he's long been behind the idea.

However, the president acknowledged that getting Congress to approve statehood for D.C., just like other initiatives he's promoted during his five-plus years in office, would no doubt be difficult.

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