The pending D.C. statehood bill would create a state only of the portion of the District that is not part of the seat of the federal government; the part of the District that is the seat of the government would remain subject to the control of Congress consistent with the f ramers’ intent.
Nothing in the Constitution suggests that this part of the District shouldn’t become a state. In fact, further historical evidence suggests it could. In 1846, Congress determined that the portion of the original District of Columbia that came from Virginia could be safely returned to Virginia without compromising Congress’s ability to protect the security of the seat of the federal government.
What was true in 1846 is still true today: Portions of the original District of Columbia that are not part of the seat of the federal government can safely and appropriately be removed from congressional control and become a state.
Walter Smith, Washington
The writer is executive director of DC Appleseed.