Biden says he is strongly in favor of making DC the 51st state because it will “ make our union stronger ” – while Republicans say it shouldn’t even be a congressional district
- President Biden’s administration supported the making of Washington DC the 51st state
- “For far too long, the more than 700,000 residents of Washington DC have not received full representation in the United States Congress,” the government said.
- “The establishment of Washington State, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and fairer,” said the government.
- This week, House is voting on legislation to make DC a state
- Republicans Oppose Because Highly Democratic DC Would Give Democrats Another Seat In The House And Two Senate Seats
President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday supported making Washington DC the 51st state as Parliament prepares to vote this week on legislation that would make it so.
“For far too long, the more than 700,000 residents of Washington DC have been denied full representation in the United States Congress,” the government said in a policy statement from the Office of Management and Budget. “This taxation without representation and denial of self-government is an affront to the democratic values on which our nation is founded.”
Biden’s government called the move “ a long wait ” and said a stronger union would emerge.
“Establishing Washington State, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state, will make our Union stronger and fairer,” said the government.
President Biden’s administration supported the making of Washington DC the 51st state
The House will vote this week – likely Thursday – on legislation to make DC the 51st state after Democrats prioritized the issue. The bill, HR 51, disappeared from the committee last week during a party vote.
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Democrat who represents DC in Parliament but does not have the right to vote in the chamber because it is not a state, thanked the Biden administration for its support.
“Thanks to the Biden administration,” Norton said. The residents of our nation’s capital deserve the right to vote in Congress and full local self-government, and with Thursday’s House vote and anticipated passage, along with democratic scrutiny from the Senate and White House, we have never been been so close to the state. ‘
Republicans – like South Carolina congresswomen Nancy Mace and Wyoming’s Liz Cheney – oppose the state of DC because the highly democratic area would give Dems a new seat in the House
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Democrat who represents DC in the House but does not have the right to vote in the chamber because it is not a state, thanked the Biden government for its support
Even with democratic control over Congress, HR 51 faces an uphill battle in the Senate. Democrats would need 10 Republicans to cross over and support the legislation in order to have the 60 ballpark needed to move the legislation to a final vote.
Republicans oppose the bill. If DC became a state, the very democratic area would give Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats a new seat in Parliament, along with two Democratic senators.
Republican Congressman from South Carolina argued that “ DC wouldn’t even qualify as a single congressional district and here they are – what they want is the power and authority that it’s a whole state in the United States, and they want that power. . ‘