And I mean D.C., not Wor-Shing-Tun. Because, like D.C. learned when Congress prohibited needle exchange, our lives are put at risk when we lack the same rights as other Americans (boldface mine):
D.C. officials are crying foul over a provision of the Senate’s $2 trillion recovery bill that gives each of the 50 states at least $1.25 billion in direct aid while providing D.C. with less than half that amount.
The provision circulated on Capitol Hill this afternoon would dedicate $3.3 billion total to D.C. and the five U.S. territories — Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. City officials say that would amount to roughly $500 million in direct federal aid for D.C., which is more populous than two states and has more confirmed coronavirus cases than at least 19 states….
“The District has the densest population of any state or territory which puts us at higher risk of transmission of the virus,” they wrote. “We also have to work in unison with Maryland and Virginia — each of which will get at least $1.25 billion under the legislation. It is also bad policy as well as unfair to pay our smallest states at least $2,000 per capita while funding District around $700 per capita.”
D.C. is not a state, but city officials say it is governed and taxed in a way that is more akin to the 50 states than the five territories. (D.C. residents also regularly pay more in federal taxes per capita than residents of any state.)…
And even during the current pandemic, the city’s complex relationship with the federal government has emerged as a challenge. Unlike any of the 50 states, Bowser had to get federal approval to deploy the D.C. National Guard. And when crowds flocked to the Tidal Basin last weekend, largely ignoring the message of health officials to practice social distancing, Bowser had to urge federal officials to do something — before she opted to use D.C. police to restrict access to the area.
As the article notes, D.C. residents suffer under extreme taxation without representation.
Worse, it appears this was intentional, not an oversight:
If Democrats take back the Senate and the White House, D.C. statehood needs to be one of the first things they do. Our lives depend on it–and we had better be willing to disrupt the Democratic Party to protect ourselves.