Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On D.C. Statehood

May 25, 2021

Washington, D.C.   Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the importance of D.C. statehood. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Later today a group of Senators will come to the floor to highlight an important issue: D.C. statehood.

The District of Columbia has more residents than in Vermont and Wyoming and nearly the same number as Delaware, Alaska and several other states. They have the same obligations of citizenship: D.C. residents pay federal taxes, they can be summoned for juries; they have served in every war since the Revolution. But they are all denied real representation in here in Congress.

D.C. statehood is an idea whose time has come. So I want to thank Senator Carper for organizing a group of Senators to shine a spotlight on this issue today.