Conservative tells Congress: DC residents don't deserve statehood because they have 'yard signs'
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A member of a conservative think tank argued on Monday that residents of the District of Columbia don't deserve statehood because they already have yard signs and bumper stickers.

Zack Smith of the Heritage Foundation made the remarks while testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

"Framers also wanted to avoid one state having undue influence over the federal government," Smith said. "There's no question that D.C. residents already impact the national debate."

"For the members here today, how many of you saw D.C. statehood yard signs or bumper stickers or banners on your way to this hearing today?" he asked. "I certainly did. Where else in the nation could such simple actions reach so many members of Congress?"

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