Congressman Fred Keller opposes D.C. statehood bill

June 26, 2020
Press Release
Introduces “Motion to Recommit” to ensure entire country’s priorities are reflected in state constitution

WASHINGTON – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) on Friday voted against H.R. 51, legislation that would make Washington D.C. the 51st state as Washington Douglass Commonwealth.


Prior to the vote on Friday, Congressman Keller offered the House Republican’s Motion to Recommit the legislation, a move that would have ensured the priorities of people from across the country—not just Democrats—are included in the new state.


“Washington, D.C. was never meant to be a state. Our founders intended the federal district to be a neutral location of collaboration among all 50 states—not subject to any one state. With this ill-conceived move for D.C. statehood, Democrats will allow the new Washington Douglass Commonwealth to have a position of superiority over the federal government in contravention of the original intent of the founders of this country,” Congressman Keller said.


“On top of that, Washington, D.C. has a troubled history of financial mismanagement and high crime. It has barely been able to manage itself as a city and should not be allowed to manage itself as a state,” Congressman Keller added.


The “Motion to Recommit” would have ensured that Second Amendment protections, protections for monuments, funding for police and law enforcement, a prohibition against sanctuary city status and autonomous zones, and a prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds for campaign activity for public office were reflected in Washington Douglass Commonwealth’s state constitution.


“Republicans need assurances that the interests of our constituents will be reflected in this new state that will have undue influence over the nation’s federal government. And so, my motion contains reasonable additions to H.R. 51 that will require the President to assure certain amendments to the state constitution are incorporated before granting statehood. These provisions reflect the entirety of the nation’s views, not just those of cities controlled by Democrats,” Congressman Keller said on the House Floor.


“A state with a controlling influence over the nation’s federal capital is simply not on equal footing with the other 50 states. It is above them. A vote for the Majority’s design for D.C. statehood is a vote for D.C. superiority. The Founders recognized the status of Washington, D.C.  House Republicans do not support deviation from their vision.  However, if the Democrats insist on creating this new state, it is only fair that it be established as a State with policy values that more closely reflect the rest of the country,” Congressman Keller added.


You can watch Congressman Keller’s remarks in full HERE.