Washington D.C. should become a state of the United States of America
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- In the late 1980s, Congress stopped D.C. using its own taxation money to fund a needle exchange programme. In the 9 years that it was denied the programme, more than 1,500 needle users were diagnosed with HIV. Between 2008 and 2013, when it finally received the funding diagnosis of HIV linked to needle-use fell by 87%  
- In 2011, Congress blocked DC from using its own money from being spent on abortion services for low-income women. 
- In 2009, the Senate passed a bill that would give D.C. full Congressional voting rights but added an amendment that would have permanently removed all gun control laws including their ban on semi-automatic rifles and it would have also removed criminal penalties for the possession of unlicensed firearms which killed the bill.   
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings
DC is a city
If DC were to become a state, the precedent would be set for any major city in the country to become a state.
The geographical size of DC is only 68 square miles - significantly smaller than the smallest state in America, Rhode Island, which is 1,214 square miles.
[The President] could become partial to one specific state - DC. I want my President to be concerned about the country's wellbeing over one state. Turning DC into a state opens the door for tyranny to waltz into America.
In its current position, Washington DC lacks full congressional representation with them having a non-voting delegate and a shadow representative in the House of Representatives and two shadow senators in the Senate.  The shadow representative and senators have absolutely no rights with them turning up being the maximum they are allowed to do whereas the nonvoting delegate does have the ability to be a member of a Congressional committee, to speak on the House floor, introduce bills and offer amendments but it prevented on voting for any bills on the House floor.   
This is taking away the rights of 700,000 Americans to their votes in Congress. Washington D.C. has a population higher than that of Wyoming and Vermont, so a lack of people is no excuse for this undemocratic system.   It also has a higher GDP than 18 other states.  
In 1996, Washington D.C was granted 'Home Rule' allowing the election of a Mayor of D.C. and D.C. City Council members, however, all laws and budget are subject to Congressional approval with Congress often adding riders to budgets to take funding away from things that D.C. City Council has voted through. For a bill to become law in D.C., it must first be passed by the elected representatives in the D.C. Council and signed by the mayor. It then needs to pass a 30-day Congressional review where members of Congress can amend, prevent the budget to allow it or even stop it coming into force altogether. 
This is clearly undemocratic with the citizens of D.C. not having equal voting rights and the ability of self-determination as every other state in the union has. Even if that 2009 Bill would have passed, Congress could have still changed their laws and budget as they get that power from the Constitution which is why statehood is required.
- While this is true, this does not mean DC needs statehood. DC could easily be given two senators and representatives based on the population without becoming a state. All necessary amendments to the Constitution could be added.
- First of all, if they were given voting rights without becoming a state, they would have their votes in Congress - problem solved.
- While I agree that parts of the current system are undemocratic, the solution is not to make DC a state.
If DC were a state, they would need a state-level Government.
Of course Congress has to be in control of DC's "government." [...] If this were the case, the Federal Government and State Government would be fighting over the jurisdiction of the White House and other Federal buildings.
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;