The House voted along party lines 216 to 208 to admit Washington D.C. as the 51st state. The bill now heads to the Senate
Mississippi Congressman Michael Guest said, “This is nothing more than the Democrats attempting to add additional seats in both the House and Senate.”
This is the second attempt to make it happen. Last year it passed the House, but stalled in the Senate.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “I expect to bring #HR51 to the House Floor for a vote to grant #DCStatehood to the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia. The voice of every American citizen deserves to be heard – it’s past time that we make statehood a reality for DC.”
The effort is also supported by the Biden Administration. A statement issued Tuesday stated the following:
For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of selfgovernance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded. H.R. 51 rights this wrong by making Washington, D.C. a state and providing its residents with long overdue full representation in Congress, while maintaining a Federal District that will continue to serve as our Nation’s seat of government.
Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress as H.R. 51 proceeds through the legislative process to ensure that it comports with Congress’ constitutional responsibilities and its constitutional authority to admit new states to the Union by legislation. The Administration calls for the Congress to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.
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