House passes costs to make Washington DC the 51st state – CNBC

26June 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-CA)welcomes Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser throughout a joint press conference in advance of Friday's historic House vote on District of Columbia statehood costs on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2020.

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House Democrats passed a costs Friday to make Washington, D.C., the 51st U.S. state, a historical relocation unlikely to acquire traction in the Republican-held Senate.

The chamber approved it by a 232-180 vote.

The legislation would offer Washington residents, who have long decried the truth that they pay federal taxes but have no voting representation in Congress, one House member and two senators. A smaller area encompassing the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal buildings and monuments would remain under U.S. oversight.

Washington's long time nonvoting House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the costs, which would alter the name of the district to the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth. In promoting for the legislation Friday, she kept in mind that D.C.'s population of about 700,000 is larger than that of Wyoming or Vermont, which the district pays more federal taxes than 22 states.

“As we approach July 4th, it is long previous time to use the nation's oldest slogan, ‘no tax without representation,' and the principle of approval of the governed to District of Columbia locals,” Norton stated.

GOP senators have actually opposed D.C. statehood and look unlikely to take up the legislation. President Donald Trump has also slammed the legislation.

But if Democrats can win control of the White House and Senate in November, D.C. might get another chance at ending up being a state next year.

Republicans, who intend to keep control of the Senate this year as Democrats compete for a handful of seats, have often mentioned a desire not to see a greatly Democratic city gain two seats in the chamber.

“DC will never ever be a state,” the president told the New York Post in May.”You imply District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have 2 more Democratic– Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That'll never take place.” (Washington would just have one House member, not five as Trump stated.)

Some Democratic legislators saw GOP arguments versus confessing D.C. as veiled efforts to reject representation to an area where nearly half the residents are Black.

Speaking on the House flooring Friday, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said “race underlies every argument against D.C. statehood” and called an ongoing lack of representation an “injustice.”

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