The DCist reports:
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-West Virginia) said Friday that he opposes the current bill to make D.C. the 51st state, adding that he’d prefer to see the issue taken up through a constitutional amendment.
“If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment. It should propose a constitutional amendment, and let the people of America vote,” he said in an interview with a West Virginia radio station.
Manchin’s position throws a bucket of cold water on the D.C. statehood movement, which has been riding high since President Biden endorsed the cause and the House of Representatives passed a statehood bill last week for the second time in as many years
Read the full article. Without the support of every Democrat, ending the filibuster becomes moot.
NEW: Joe Manchin has come out AGAINST the DC statehood bill, dealing a major blow in a 50-50 Senate.https://t.co/1GpdJY8GQg
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) April 30, 2021