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House Passes Bill Proposing to Make Washington, D.C., the 51st State
Wall Street Journal via MSN ^ | 04/22/2021 | Eliza Collins

Posted on 04/22/2021 9:53:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON—The Democratic-controlled House approved legislation Thursday that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, but the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate amid broad Republican opposition and hesitation from some centrist Democrats.

Proponents cast the bill as civil-rights priority, saying the city’s residents deserve full self-rule and representation in Congress. Critics call it a power grab by Democrats to gain two more senators and point to possible constitutional hurdles.

Thursday’s party line vote of 216-208 marks the second time the House has approved the measure, which is backed by the Biden administration. However, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) hasn’t committed to bringing it up for a vote in the Senate, where current rules require 60 votes for passage and only 45 of the 50 Democrats are currently sponsoring the legislation.

“I believe strongly in D.C. statehood, and we will try to work a path to get it done, absolutely,” Mr. Schumer said Tuesday when asked if he intended to bring the legislation up for a vote. But he didn’t provide any time frame.

Were the bill to become law, most of present-day Washington, D.C., would take the name State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, in honor of Frederick Douglass. An area around the White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court would remain as a two-square-mile federal area under the legislation. D.C. would be the first new state admitted to the U.S. since Hawaii in 1959, and proponents have already designed American flags that fit 51 stars.

Supporters say that residents of Washington, nearly half of whom are Black, deserve the same representation as other Americans. Residents pay federal taxes, register for selective service and fight in the military, but they don’t have a full voice in Congress and local leadership can be overruled by the federal government

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: congress; dc; districtofcolumbia; searchandfind; statehood; washingtondc
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1 posted on 04/22/2021 9:53:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If DC becomes the 51st state, There will be 102 Senators. Which means 2 MORE Democrats in the Senate as Washington DC will ALWAYS vote Democrat.


2 posted on 04/22/2021 9:54:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not only that, but say “goodbye” to the Stars and Stripes.


3 posted on 04/22/2021 9:56:38 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If pelousy’s mansion is made a “state,” like this, she can then declare succession and become President of the Communist State of Amerika” —- and we”ll finally be rid of her.


4 posted on 04/22/2021 9:56:52 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicians are not born, they are excreted." Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BCE))
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To: SeekAndFind

“full self rule” huh? ROFL. Liars, cheats, scoundrels. And that’s just the media.


5 posted on 04/22/2021 9:57:49 AM PDT by monkeyshine (live and let live is dead)
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To: SeekAndFind
Two more Demonrat Senate seats. If they make PR a state, that will be 4 more Demonrat Senate seats. If they get that, they can pass any communism they want, and Blown-Brain Joe the Usurper will sign anything they put in front of him.

It's time to admit it: America as we have known it is gone. We'll have to fight to get part of it back, but we will lose the Blue States.

6 posted on 04/22/2021 9:58:25 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (But what do I know? I'm just a backwoods engineer.)
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To: faithhopecharity

Sell San Francisco to the Russians!!!

That would server her right.


7 posted on 04/22/2021 10:00:04 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

If DC gets statehood you can kiss the republic goodbye.


8 posted on 04/22/2021 10:01:30 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: SeekAndFind

What will they name it? Satanopolis?


9 posted on 04/22/2021 10:01:53 AM PDT by HighSierra5
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To: SeekAndFind

I think it also requires a change to the Constitution itself. I know, what Constitution? That tired old thing.


10 posted on 04/22/2021 10:01:54 AM PDT by Don Corleone (leave the gun, take the canolis)
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To: SeekAndFind

The State of Barryton.


11 posted on 04/22/2021 10:02:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Its TOTALLY UN CONSTITUTIONAL!


12 posted on 04/22/2021 10:03:34 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d prefer they just make it a country, and leave the rest of America alone.


13 posted on 04/22/2021 10:03:51 AM PDT by whatexit (What a shame that New England has become Old England)
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To: dfwgator

District of CORRUPTION!


14 posted on 04/22/2021 10:04:58 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Senate will never approve, but if its so important for it to be a state, give it back to Delaware to become part of that state. That way no two additional Dem Senators.


15 posted on 04/22/2021 10:05:24 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: Don Corleone

Bunch of dead white guys wrote The Constitution, who cares?


16 posted on 04/22/2021 10:05:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: SeekAndFind

An unconstitutional power grab!!!!


17 posted on 04/22/2021 10:05:49 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nancy will bypass the Senate and take right to Joe to sign ,LOL


18 posted on 04/22/2021 10:05:50 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: SeekAndFind

Coming soon: the Tri-State area formerly known as Guam.


19 posted on 04/22/2021 10:06:20 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Senate will never approve

Why do you say that? What Democrat will vote against?

20 posted on 04/22/2021 10:06:22 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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