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Activists for Washington, D.C., statehood are pushing the notion of symbolically renaming Pennsylvania Avenue -- the grand thoroughfare running past the White House and up to Capitol Hill -- to highlight the city's lack of representation in Congress.

Alternatives like "No Vote Street," "Unconstitutional Avenue," and "Statehood Way" are said to be under consideration, according to the Associated Press and Newser.

D.C. Council member Michael Brown is one of those behind the idea, which, even if approved by the council, would have to survive scrutiny in Congress.

As a unique federal city, Washington does not have senators or a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the city's elected "delegate" in the House, has no vote on the final passage of legislation. Since 2008, she has been permitted to vote on amendments to spending and tax bills; however, the new Republican majority has indicated that will end in the new Congress, the Washington Post said.

D.C. statehoodNorton isn't giving up. "We will be making every effort to retain our vote . . . and to convince our Republican colleagues that this vote benefits the reputation of the 'people's House' by maximizing the participation of members for the greater benefit of the American people," she said.

The lack of full voting rights in Congress is an irritant for some of the city's 600,000 residents, many of whom have put license plates on their cars with the inscription "Taxation Without Representation." Some activists think Washington should become the 51st state -- the nation's first city-state.

Brown said the name change for the famous street would be symbolic, with ceremonial signs hung under the existing Pennsylvania Avenue markers, the AP reported. But a Republican Congress, already unsympathetic to Norton's voting situation, could regard such a move as political mischief and overrule it.

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nichobert

You think Pennsylvania is the most important street in DC?

Guess it doesn't surprise me that people who know nothing about Washington DC would rather keep their nostalgia intact than give the people of DC representation.

You know what the proudest moment of my childhood was? Finding out that everyone's vote counted the same. Too bad i learned wrong.

January 15 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

Actually DC should be granted statehood, but that must never include the grounds of the WH or Congress which should remain independent like the status quo. Kind of like the United Nations does in NY.

January 14 2011 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
c33704

as a child my proudest moment was when I found that my home state Pennsylvania was the most important street in Washington DC; as someone who loved all American History. and grew up to know there were streets named after my family as well. I took great pride in being a native of Pennsylvania. What a disappointment if they ever changed PA Ave; I remember when I was a chaild and was told our city wanted to change the street named after our ancestors because it had been named over 100 years ago and many towns people didnt know any of my family. Traditons mean nothing any more.

January 14 2011 at 10:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rjackson2a

In onw way I think the residents of DC should have representaion. We broke away from English rule and became a seperate nation over taxation without representation. If the residents of DC are denied representaion while still being required to pay federal taxes, isn't that the same thing?

January 14 2011 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mack

I think so. How about exempting DC residents from Federal Taxes?? That would work...

January 15 2011 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
starshootr55

Continue funding Washington D.C. for a few more years and build another capital nearer the center of the nation. Brazil did it. The Western states would benefit from the move as they are the future of the US if there is one anymore. Allow the residents of DC currently to become part of Maryland or Virginia. Solves the problem. We really cannot afford another state right now. The ones we have are hurting economically as it is. Hopefully, in two more years things will change with a new administration and some hoped for change.

January 14 2011 at 9:51 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
wgpcw

Washington DC was SPECIFICALLY designed not to be a state so that no one state could claim possession over the nation's capita. If the people who are pushing for this really succeed in such a bone-headed crusade, then the territory that DC occupies should- by all rights- revert to Maryland, since Maryland donated the five x five mile area orginally designated at the National Capital. If you live in DC, why not pass a law allowing them to vote in Maryland?

January 14 2011 at 9:38 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

The District of Columbia was carved out of the state of Maryland. Before statehood would be created for DC, Maryland would surely take back the land for tax and tourism revenue, etc. people have too much time on their hands.

January 14 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
cityslicker9292

never mind remaning streets. give back our ss that you people took to pay bills. and increased our ss. we have a right to that . more so than spending money on stupid things. and also ,get back our jobs you people in washington gave to the the foreign countrys. everyti me i want to buy something ,its made in china or japan or korea . the people are tired of wasting thei r money to other countries. when our own county is in bad shape of money .

January 14 2011 at 1:52 PM Report abuse +26 rate up rate down Reply
vanhorntwsn

Why statehood for D.C.? The land belonged to Maryland, just give it back. Let the District be re-districted with Maryland districts or make the old District of Columbia a new Maryland Congressional District. Keep It Simple Stupid, and save money on the salaries and benefits of 2 new Senators.

January 14 2011 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +26 rate up rate down Reply
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dasunx

For the past ten years Congress has played games with giving Washington DC a representitive...... They held the additional seat that Utah was suppose to have from the 2000 census as hostage trying to please the Left Wing leaders of DC.. Now with the new census and the republicans in charge of the house the game is over. Utah is a state and DC is a district..... end of story.

January 14 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply

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