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WV AG Strongly Opposed to D.C. Statehood Proposals

April 13th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined 22 attorneys general in writing to President Biden and congressional leadership raising serious legal concerns to Washington, D.C., statehood as proposed in Congress.
“If this Congress passes and President Biden signs this Act into law, we will use every legal tool at our disposal to defend the United States Constitution and the rights of our States from this unlawful effort to provide statehood to the District of Columbia,” Attorney General Morrisey joined in writing.
The attorneys general argue that the nation’s founders set forth very specific guidelines for the size and authority of the District of Columbia. They contend making it a state would require amending the Constitution — not simply passing a bill as the Biden administration wants to do.
The coalition further argues that few people outside of Washington, D.C., take seriously the notion that residents of the District of Columbia are somehow disenfranchised or not adequately supported by Congress. If allowed to take effect, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act would create a super-state with unrivaled political power.
West Virginia signed on to the South Carolina-, Georgia-, Louisiana- and Texas-led letter with the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah.