Saturday, June 22, 2024

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal for DC’s Representation in Congress

Both 'precedent' and 'the Constitution itself' explicitly reject the arguments for DC to be given statehood or equivalent representation....

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal that sought to give the District of Columbia representation in the House of Representatives, the Epoch Times reported.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch ruled in the case, Castañon v. United States, that the Supreme Court does not have jurisdiction over the matter.

Thomas and Gorsuch cited the court’s decision in Adams v. Clinton, a ruling from 2000 that said D.C. cannot have federal representation in the House because it is not a state and thus does not meet the US Constitution’s requirement for representation.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution authorizes Congress to create a “District (not exceeding ten Miles square)” that “may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States.”

The Founders envisioned this District as an administrative area for Congress, the president and his subordinate departments, and the Supreme Court to exercise their functions.

They feared that a federal district within a state’s jurisdiction would cause that state to capture the federal government and use it for its own purposes—to the detriment of the Union as a whole.

The Supreme Court’s ruling upheld a federal district court’s decision from March 2020.

Three judges on the lower court found that both “precedent” and “the Constitution itself” forced them to deny representation to the D.C., though they lamented that people found the decision “deeply unjust.”

The lawsuit does not appear to be connected to the Democratic Party’s bid to make Washington, D.C., the nation’s 51st state.

With D.C.’s statehood, the Democrats hope to gain two permanent Democratic senators and one permanent Democratic representative.

The District of Columbia would be the nation’s most solidly blue state—far more Democratic than Vermont or California.

The 23rd Amendment has already distorted the Founders’ initial design by giving three Electoral College votes to D.C. and thus empowering federal bureaucrats to vote for a president who will keep them in power.

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