No, it’s not a joke, just the latest attempt to control elections. The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted for approval of the District of Columbia to be the 51st state of the union, seeking to name it Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.
232-180: House passes Washington, DC statehood legislation (HR 51), making the District of Columbia the 51st state, on a near party line vote announced by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Rep. Collin Peterson (MN) was only Democrat to vote No. pic.twitter.com/exLxyB8KrD
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) June 26, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, though Republicans and the White House have voiced their opposition to the measure.
The bill, aptly named “H.R. 51,” passed on a mostly party-line vote of 232-180. One Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted against it.
The bill, which now heads to the Republican-majority Senate, would allow for the admission of a new state, called Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, which would be represented by two senators and one member of Congress. The new state would be named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who spent the last 17 years of his life in the district.
The state’s territory would include all of the district’s current territory, except for monuments and federal buildings such as the White House and Capitol building.
Friday’s vote marks the first time a Washington statehood bill has passed in either chamber of Congress. A statehood bill came up for a vote in 1993, but failed in the House.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hailed the bill’s passage on Twitter, “I was born without representation, but I swear – I will not die without representation. Together, we will achieve DC statehood, and when we do, we will look back on this day and remember all who stood with us on the right side of history.”
Not so fast there Mayor Bowser. Many have been known to be murdered in DC. Just sayin.’
Of course, the race card got played in all of this.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said, “The district pays more federal taxes per capita than any state,” and “For three generations my family has been denied the rights other Americans take for granted” as she called it “personal” for her because she claims to be a descendant of slaves.
Well, obviously, she makes quite a bit of money to pay all those taxes so, the obvious answer is, why don’t you just move out of DC and let your voice be heard?
In any case, this is highly unlikely to move anywhere.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that he opposes the measure, and I’m pretty sure President Trump isn’t for it either.
Does DC actually think it would get statehood when Puerto Rico hasn’t been given it and it’s considered US territory? I don’t think so, Tim.
I suggest we abolish Washington, DC and in return, DC can be a state. How’s that?
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