Steve April 16, 2021
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The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would grant Washington, DC statehood, according to CNN.

“Today is a historic day for our country — and our democracy,” Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney said in her opening remarks ahead of the vote. “For only the second time in a generation, we will vote on whether hundreds of thousands of American citizens will finally have their voices counted in Congress.”

The fight to make DC a state has been ongoing for years, with Democrats highly supporting the measure since the area is a Democratic stronghold. The committee voted 25-19.

House Democrats passed HR 51, the Washington, DC Admission act during their last session, which was the first time that that either the House or Senate moved to make DC a state, according to CNN. The measure failed to advance due to the Republican majority in the Senate at the time.

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“The United States is the only democratic country that denies both voting rights in the national legislature and local self-government to the people of its capital. That is wrong. It violates everything we stand for as Americans,” Maloney said.

The Democrats’ majority control in both chambers of Congress increases the chances of passage, but it’s unlikely to pass with at least 60 votes, which is the threshold needed to pass.

“Congress can no longer exclude DC residents from the democratic process, forcing residents to watch from the sidelines as Congress votes on laws that affect the nation or votes even on the laws of the duly elected DC government. Democracy requires much more,” said Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who’s DC’s nonvoting member of the House.

Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, who’s the committee’s ranking member, said that HR 51 is solely about creating two Senate seats that would most likely be democrat-held.

“That’s what it’s all about. We could end the discussion there. That’s what this bill is all about and everyone in America knows it. This bill is part of the progressive pathway that President Biden, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi have to reshape America into that socialist utopia that the Squad talk about,” he said.

The House is expected to vote for the bill next week.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would grant Washington, DC statehood, according to CNN.

“Today is a historic day for our country — and our democracy,” Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney said in her opening remarks ahead of the vote. “For only the second time in a generation, we will vote on whether hundreds of thousands of American citizens will finally have their voices counted in Congress.”

The fight to make DC a state has been ongoing for years, with Democrats highly supporting the measure since the area is a Democratic stronghold. The committee voted 25-19.

House Democrats passed HR 51, the Washington, DC Admission act during their last session, which was the first time that that either the House or Senate moved to make DC a state, according to CNN. The measure failed to advance due to the Republican majority in the Senate at the time.

RELATED: What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate

“The United States is the only democratic country that denies both voting rights in the national legislature and local self-government to the people of its capital. That is wrong. It violates everything we stand for as Americans,” Maloney said.

The Democrats’ majority control in both chambers of Congress increases the chances of passage, but it’s unlikely to pass with at least 60 votes, which is the threshold needed to pass.

“Congress can no longer exclude DC residents from the democratic process, forcing residents to watch from the sidelines as Congress votes on laws that affect the nation or votes even on the laws of the duly elected DC government. Democracy requires much more,” said Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who’s DC’s nonvoting member of the House.

Republican Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, who’s the committee’s ranking member, said that HR 51 is solely about creating two Senate seats that would most likely be democrat-held.

“That’s what it’s all about. We could end the discussion there. That’s what this bill is all about and everyone in America knows it. This bill is part of the progressive pathway that President Biden, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi have to reshape America into that socialist utopia that the Squad talk about,” he said.

The House is expected to vote for the bill next week.

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