Grothman Explains His ‘No’ Vote on DC Statehood With Specious Claims

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, Rep. Grothman sent out a new constituent “newsletter” email.

Among other items, the email notes:

  • That Grothman voted 'no' on the Bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia, in part because the Constitution says that DC is to be a federal district. The email fails to note that the Constitution says “the capital district” - not specified as the District of Columbia - is to be “no more than 10 miles square”, while DC currently has just over 68 square miles.

  • The email claims that with "all its government jobs, [DC’s] a recession-proof city," but fails to note that DC has a 7.8% unemployment rate - higher than the national rate by 1.8%. Those government jobs are largely held by residents of the states of Maryland and Virginia, not people living in the District itself.

  • The email notes that DC has the 6th highest murder rate of US cities over 250,000 people, but fails to note that it used to be #1, and that dropping to 6th shows clear improvement. Similarly, his email notes that DC has more homeless individuals than 29 states, but fails to note that this is an improvement, since it used to have more than 32 states (as recently as 2017).

  • The email claims that it's 'untrue that DC has no representation in Congress,' noting the existence of DC's single delegate in the House, but fails to note that that delegate is non-voting, and that the District has no Senators at all.

  • The email claims that making DC a state is purely a political move to give the Democrats 2 more Senators; it fails to note that there are 2 Dakotas because when the Dakota Territory was granted statehood, the Republicans were in power and wanted 2 extra Senators, so they split it in half.

Grothman’s specious half-truths and full-on nonsensical claims are an embarrassment.

Amy supports granting statehood to the District of Columbia because its more than 700,000 residents, as taxpayers, deserve full voting representation, in both houses of Congress. We fought a war with Britain over taxation without representation, and should not be perpetuating the very thing for which we sought independence.