Manchin Opposes DC Statehood Bill: Let America Vote

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.