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15_H317 on Jan 13, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.317
Source: New Columbia Admission Act
Congressional Summary: Sets forth procedures for admission into the United States of the state of New Columbia.
  • Requires the Mayor of the District of Columbia to submit to the voters propositions for statehood and adoption of a State Constitution, and issue a proclamation for the first elections to Congress of two Senators and one Representative of New Columbia.
  • Requires the President to issue a proclamation announcing the results and admitting New Columbia into the Union.
  • Provides for conversion of District government offices to state offices.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (DCist.com, Sept. 2014): The Argument Against: Congress does not have the authority to grant statehood to D.C.; the 23rd amendment, which gave D.C. three electoral votes, would have to be repealed before statehood was granted. Washington is a wholly urban, one-industry town, dependent on the federal government far in excess of any other state. Moreover, with Congress no longer having authority over New Columbia but dependent on it, New Columbia could exert influence on the federal government far in excess of any other state.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: [Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; the District of Columbia has one representative to Congress and no Senators; Rep. Holmes can introduce bills but her vote does not count]: This 51st state would have no jurisdiction over the federal territory or enclave that now consists of the Washington that Members of Congress and visitors associate with the capital of our country. Those would remain under federal jurisdiction. The New Columbia Admission Act was the first bill I introduced in 1991. Statehood is the only alternative for the citizens of the District of Columbia. To be content with less than statehood is to concede the equality of citizenship that is the birthright of our residents as citizens of the United States.

Updated with H.R.1291 and S.1278 (115th Congress, 2017-2018)


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Statehood for the District of Columbia (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Statehood for the District of Columbia (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 15_H317

Alma Adams s1oNorth Carolina Democratic House MemberJan 13, 2015
Pete Aguilar s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberNov 14, 2018
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerMay 25, 2017
Nanette Barragan s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 14, 2018
Karen Bass s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Joyce Beatty s1oOhio DemocratJan 13, 2015
Don Beyer s1oVirginia Democratic House MemberFeb 3, 2015
Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratJan 13, 2015
Richard Blumenthal s1oCT Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2018
Suzanne Bonamici s1oOregon DemocratMar 1, 2017
Cory Booker s1oNJ Democratic ChallengerMay 25, 2017
Brendan Boyle s1oPennsylvania Democratic House MemberMay 24, 2017
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania DemocratMar 1, 2017
Anthony Brown s1oMaryland DemocratMar 1, 2017
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida DemocratJan 13, 2015
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorMay 25, 2017
Julia Brownley s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 19, 2015
Cheri Bustos s1oIllinois DemocratSep 20, 2018
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina DemocratJan 13, 2015
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009)Feb 3, 2015
Salud Carbajal s1oCalifornia DemocratApr 16, 2018
Tony Cardenas s1oCalifornia DemocratAug 3, 2018
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratMay 25, 2017
Andre Carson s1oIndiana DemocratJan 13, 2015
Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratJan 13, 2015
Kathy Castor s1oFlorida DemocratSep 26, 2018
Joaquin Castro s1oTexas DemocratJul 16, 2018
Judy Chu s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
David Cicilline s1oRhode Island DemocratJan 13, 2015
Katherine Clark s1oMassachusetts DemocratJan 13, 2015
Yvette Clarke s1oNew York DemocratJan 13, 2015
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri DemocratJan 13, 2015
Emmanuel Cleaver s1oMissouri DemocratJan 13, 2015
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina DemocratJan 13, 2015
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratJan 13, 2015
Bonnie Watson Coleman s1oNew Jersey Democratic House MemberJan 13, 2015
Gerry Connolly s1oVirginia DemocratJan 13, 2015
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratJan 13, 2015
Lou Correa s1oCalifornia DemocratJul 24, 2018
Catherine Cortez Masto s1oNV Democratic Senate candidateMay 25, 2017
Joe Courtney s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 13, 2015
Charlie Crist s1oFL Democratic Governor ChallengerJul 25, 2018
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York DemocratJan 13, 2015
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland DemocratJan 13, 2015
Danny Davis s1oIllinois DemocratJan 13, 2015
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Peter Defazio s1oOregon DemocratJan 13, 2015
Diana DeGette s1oColorado DemocratJan 13, 2015
John Delaney s1oMaryland DemocratJan 13, 2015
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut DemocratMar 1, 2017
Suzan DelBene s1oWashington DemocratNov 16, 2018
Val Demings s1oFlorida DemocratJun 26, 2017
Mark DeSaulnier s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberMar 1, 2017
Ted Deutch s1oFlorida DemocratJan 27, 2015
Debbie Dingell s1oMichigan Democratic House MemberMar 13, 2018
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas DemocratMar 13, 2018
Tammy Duckworth s1oIL Democratic Senate candidateAug 16, 2018
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorJun 5, 2017
Donna Edwards s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 13, 2015
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratJan 13, 2015
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 13, 2015
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 1, 2017
Adriano Espaillat s1oNew York DemocratJun 12, 2017
Elizabeth Esty s1oConnecticut DemocratJul 26, 2017
Dwight Evans s1oPennsylvania DemocratJun 15, 2017
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania DemocratJan 13, 2015
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorJul 11, 2018
Bill Foster s1oIllinois DemocratJun 13, 2017
Lois Frankel s1oFlorida DemocratJan 13, 2015
Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator (resigned 2017)May 25, 2017
Marcia Fudge s1oOhio DemocratJan 13, 2015
Tulsi Gabbard s1oHawaii DemocratApr 24, 2018
Ruben Gallego s1oArizona Democratic House MemberMar 1, 2017
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratMay 25, 2017
Jimmy Gomez s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 13, 2018
Alan Grayson s1oFL Democratic Senate candidateJan 13, 2015
Al Green s1oTexas DemocratJan 13, 2015
Gene Green s1oTexas DemocratJul 10, 2018
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona DemocratFeb 3, 2015
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois DemocratJan 22, 2015
Janice Hahn s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 22, 2015
Colleen Hanabusa s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2014)Mar 1, 2017
Kamala Harris s1oCA Democratic Senate candidateFeb 27, 2018
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida DemocratJan 13, 2015
Denny Heck s1oWashington DemocratSep 27, 2018
Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)May 17, 2018
Brian Higgins s1oNew York DemocratJul 23, 2018
Jim Himes s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 13, 2015
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)May 15, 2018
Jared Huffman s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Steve Israel s1oNew York DemocratMar 10, 2015
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratJan 13, 2015
Pramila Jayapal s1oWashington DemocratJun 14, 2017
Hakeem Jeffries s1oNew York DemocratJan 13, 2015
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas DemocratJan 13, 2015
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Tim Kaine s1oVA Democratic ChallengerMay 25, 2017
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio DemocratJan 22, 2015
Bill Keating s1oMassachusetts DemocratDec 20, 2018
Robin Kelly s1oIllinois DemocratJan 13, 2015
Joe Kennedy III s1oMassachusetts DemocratFeb 14, 2018
Ruben Kihuen s1oNevada DemocratJun 20, 2017
Derek Kilmer s1oWashington DemocratMar 1, 2017
Ann Kirkpatrick s1oArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 13, 2015
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorNov 14, 2018
Raja Krishnamoorthi s1oIllinois DemocratSep 26, 2018
Annie Kuster s1oNew Hampshire DemocratFeb 13, 2018
James Langevin s1oRhode Island DemocratMar 1, 2017
Rick Larsen s1oWashington DemocratMar 1, 2017
John Larson s1oConnecticut DemocratJan 13, 2015
Brenda Lawrence s1oMichigan Democratic House MemberJan 13, 2015
Al Lawson s1oFlorida DemocratApr 5, 2017
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr SenatorFeb 27, 2018
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Sander Levin s1oMichigan DemocratJan 13, 2015
John Lewis s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Ted Lieu s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberJan 13, 2015
Dan Lipinski s1oIllinois DemocratJan 13, 2015
David Loebsack s1oIowa DemocratNov 30, 2017
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 1, 2017
Alan Lowenthal s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Nita Lowey s1oNew York DemocratMar 1, 2017
Michelle Lujan-Grisham s1oNM DemocratJan 13, 2015
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 22, 2015
Sean Maloney s1oNew York DemocratJul 11, 2017
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 13, 2018
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorMay 25, 2017
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota DemocratMar 16, 2015
Jim McDermott s1oWashington DemocratJan 13, 2015
Donald McEachin s1oVirginia DemocratApr 5, 2017
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts DemocratFeb 9, 2015
Jerry McNerney s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-FamiliesJan 13, 2015
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey DemocratJul 17, 2018
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Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorNov 14, 2017
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin DemocratJan 13, 2015
Seth Moulton s1oMassachusetts Democratic House MemberSep 1, 2017
Stephanie Murphy s1oFlorida DemocratMay 15, 2018
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr SenatorMay 25, 2017
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesJan 13, 2015
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Richard Neal s1oMassachusetts DemocratApr 18, 2018
Donald Norcross s1oNew Jersey Democratic House MemberJun 20, 2017
Eleanor Holmes Norton s2pDistrict of Columbia Democrat
Beto O`Rourke s1oTexas DemocratJan 13, 2015
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 10, 2015
Jimmy Panetta s1oCalifornia DemocratSep 20, 2018
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey DemocratJan 13, 2015
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012)Jan 13, 2015
Ed Perlmutter s1oCO Democratic candidate for GovernorMar 1, 2017
Scott Peters s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 1, 2017
Pedro Pierluisi s1oPuerto Rico DemocratJan 13, 2015
Chellie Pingree s1oMaine DemocratJul 24, 2017
Mark Pocan s1oWisconsin DemocratJan 13, 2015
Jared Polis s1oCO Democratic candidate for Colorado GovernorJan 13, 2015
Mike Quigley s1oIllinois DemocratMar 1, 2017
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Jan 13, 2015
Jamie Raskin s1oMaryland DemocratMar 1, 2017
Kathleen Rice s1oNew York Democratic House MemberMay 16, 2017
Cedric Richmond s1oLouisiana DemocratJan 13, 2015
Lisa Blunt Rochester s1oDelaware DemocratApr 5, 2017
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia DemocratOct 23, 2017
Dutch Ruppersberger s1oMaryland DemocratMar 1, 2017
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois DemocratJan 13, 2015
Tim Ryan s1oOhio DemocratFeb 3, 2015
Gregorio Sablan s1oMarianas DemocratJan 13, 2015
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia DemocratMar 1, 2017
Bernie Sanders s1oPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateMay 25, 2017
John Sarbanes s1oMaryland DemocratJan 13, 2015
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratJan 13, 2015
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr SenatorMay 25, 2017
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia DemocratJul 23, 2018
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr SenatorMay 25, 2017
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia DemocratJan 13, 2015
David Scott s1oGeorgia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/LiberalJan 22, 2015
Terri Sewell s1oAlabama DemocratJan 13, 2015
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire DemocratJul 12, 2017
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia DemocratNov 9, 2018
Albio Sires s1oNew Jersey DemocratSep 25, 2018
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York DemocratJan 13, 2015
Darren Soto s1oFlorida DemocratJun 13, 2017
Jackie Speier s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Eric Swalwell s1oCalifornia DemocratSep 28, 2018
Mark Takai s1oHawaii Democratic House MemberJan 13, 2015
Mark Takano s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Bennie Thompson s1oMississippi DemocratJan 13, 2015
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Dina Titus s1oNevada DemocratApr 17, 2018
Paul Tonko s1oNew York DemocratMar 1, 2017
Norma Torres s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberApr 18, 2018
Niki Tsongas s1oMassachusetts DemocratJan 13, 2015
Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Jun 7, 2018
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Jan 13, 2015
Juan Vargas s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Marc Veasey s1oTexas DemocratJan 13, 2015
Filemon Vela s1oTexas DemocratSep 20, 2018
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-FamiliesMar 1, 2017
Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerMay 25, 2017
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida DemocratJan 14, 2015
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 13, 2015
Peter Welch s1oVermont DemocratJan 13, 2015
Frederica Wilson s1oFlorida DemocratJan 13, 2015
John Yarmuth s1oKentucky DemocratJan 13, 2015



Republicans participating in 15_H317



Independents participating in 15_H317

Madeleine Bordallo s1oGuam DelegateJan 13, 2015



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 207
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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