House Democrats approved a bill to admit Washington, DC, as a state on Friday, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has advanced a DC statehood measure.
The bill, introduced by DC’s nonvoting House member, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, would shrink the federal capital to a small area encompassing the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and other federal buildings along the National Mall.
The rest of the city would become the 51st state, named the Washington, Douglass Commonwealth after abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The bill passed with a vote of 232-180. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota was the only Democrat to join Republicans in voting against it. Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan also voted no.
— DC Vote (@DC_Vote) June 26, 2020
The House just passed the #DCStatehood bill (#HR51), marking the first time since the creation of the District of Columbia 219 years ago that either chamber of Congress has passed a bill to grant statehood to D.C. residents and, with it, equal citizenship.
— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 26, 2020
House passed DC Statehood bill 232-180, though WH previously issued a veto threat, saying the measure violated the 23rd Amendment. Interestingly, Pres Trump’s limo displayed DC Statehood license plates, “Taxation Without Representation,” for the first 8 months of his presidency. pic.twitter.com/xjWH0PMA3u
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 26, 2020
June 24, 2019: Jeff Van Drew cosponsors DC Statehood
June 26, 2020: Jeff Van Drew votes against DC Statehood pic.twitter.com/RkwiwOtWly
— Drew Savicki (@SenhorRaposa) June 26, 2020
If Democrats want to give DC statehood, then it should abide by a few requirements:
→ No sanctuary city status
→ No defunding of police
→ No autonomous zones
Democrats just voted against all of these.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 26, 2020
The 700,000 residents of D.C. deserve full representation in our national government.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) June 26, 2020