Her comment comes less than 24 hours after the Senate voted unanimously to approve a historic $ 2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. According to Bowser, while the 50 states received at least $ 1.25 billion each, the district received $ 500 million. She said the very idea of being treated as a territory is “shocking” and “annoying.”
“It’s wrong. It’s outrageous,” she said during a press conference. “We are not a territory. We pay more tax – unlike the territories – than 22 states. We have a larger population than several states and we are treated as a state by thousands of federal laws and programs.”
She continued, “It is impossible to give DC the least amount for any state, especially given the unique challenges we face as the seat of the federal government.”
On Wednesday Bowser and D.C. City Council President Phil Mendelson signed a letter
which was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and expressed concern about the bill’s proposed allocation amount before the Senate vote.
During a press conference Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her dissatisfaction with how Washington, DC, was being treated, saying the district was being treated in a “discriminatory” manner and said she wanted to correct this in the next bill.
“But it was curious that in this bill they decided to treat the District of Columbia in a very discriminatory way,” Pelosi said. “It’s really pointless if you have no other motivation.”
There are more than 75,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, at least 231 in the country’s capital.
Bowser ordered non-significant businesses in the district to close from March 25 at 10 p.m. through April 24, with several other states that have implemented the restriction. On Wednesday, Washington residents sent an emergency alert urging them to stay home and only make important trips.