The Hill reports:
GOP Sen. James Lankford (Okla.) on Tuesday vocalized opposition to making Washington, D.C. the 51st state in the union, arguing that the nation’s capital has not had voting representatives in Congress for some time and that “no one’s compelled to actually” live there.
“Any individual that moves to Washington, D.C., understands that Washington, D.C. is unique,” Lankford said during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday over legislation that seeks to legalize D.C. statehood.
Lankford argued that D.C. residents should know upon moving to the District that “this is a place where you don’t have a vote for a senator or a House member.”
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