DC Statehood Bill Passes House 216–208 – Lacks 60 Votes in Senate to Clear Filibuster

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The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed leg­is­la­tion Thurs­day which would give state­hood to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., mak­ing it the 51st state in the U.S.H.R. 51 passed the House 216–208. The bill would des­ig­nate “Wash­ing­ton, Dou­glass Com­mon­wealth” as the 51st state while still hav­ing a sep­a­rate fed­er­al dis­trict. Repub­li­cans have argued that the move is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al and that Democ­rats want D.C. state­hood in order to add two Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tors in Con­gress as well as one Demo­c­ra­t­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the House. “The Democ­rats’ D.C. state­hood scheme is about two things: con­sol­i­dat­ing pow­er and enact­ing rad­i­cal poli­cies. The Amer­i­can people …


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