Like other Americans, the residents of Washington, D.C. pay taxes to the federal government, but they do not get a say in how that government runs. That’s because D.C., or the District of Columbia, is not a state, and its representative to Congress cannot vote on bills. Since D.C. was formed as the nation’s capital over 200 years ago, many have pushed for statehood so D.C. residents can be represented in government, but the effort has faced strong opposition. Listen to learn more about the history of D.C.’s struggle for statehood and where it stands today.
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