D.C. its own state? Biden thinks it should be

Last Friday, according to the Washington City Paper, Vice President Joe Biden verbalized his support for D.C. statehood at an event on public infrastructure on the west bank of the Anacostia River.

Biden was in attendance to advocate for government investment in infrastructure projects, one of which includes the usage of “Nannie”, a massive tunnel-building machine, to dig a tunnel under the river to Poplar Point as part of DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project.

During his introduction by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Biden leaned in and said to her “you should be a state.” Norton had just prior reminded the crowd of Biden’s past as a small-state senator.

The Vice President said he was not speaking on behalf of the current administration or the government in general but instead was “making a statement for Joe Biden”. His declaration came subtly as he was being introduced to a crowd at a drilling site.

Attending the drilling event were Mayor Muriel Bowser, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy along with Norton and DC Water officials.

Biden also asserted that President Barack Obama is in favor of making D.C. a state. Evidence from Politico that this may be true surfaced last summer when the president was quoted about such an idea: “I think I’ve long believed that D.C. pays — folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented [in Congress] like everybody else. And it’s not as if Washington, D.C., is not big enough compared to other states. There has been a long movement to get D.C. statehood, and I’ve been for it for quite some time.”

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