House Dems Schedule Vote on DC Statehood


Democrats controlling the House have slated a vote next week to make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

Next Friday’s vote, if successful, would pass a D.C. statehood bill for the first time in the House, but the legislation faces insurmountable opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate.

It comes even as the coronavirus pandemic has forced delays in the consideration of most other legislation. More than enough lawmakers are officially backing the bill for it to pass.

Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that now is “an appropriate time to bring a bill forward to show respect for the citizens of the District of Columbia.”

Democratic leaders scheduled the vote in response to President Trump’s appearance at St. John’s Episcopal Church two weeks ago.

Prominent Investor Cancels New York Plans 40 Years in the Making After Trump Ruling

People have challenged reports that police used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from the location.

“There shouldn’t be troops from other states in Washington, D.C.,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

“There shouldn’t be federal forces advancing against Americans, and there very definitely shouldn’t be soldiers stationed around our city waiting for the go to attack Americans in a local policing matter.”

Trump said this week that “D.C. will never be a state.”

Should Washington, D.C., be a state?

“No, thank you. That’ll never happen,” he told the New York Post.

The city is largely Democratic, so statehood would likely mean two more Democratic senators.

Bowser pointed out that D.C. taxpayers get no voting representatives in Congress despite contributing more in federal taxes on a per person basis than many states.

Top Putin Ally: Russia Will Hit Washington, London and Other Major Cities if Nation Loses War in Ukraine

“What kind of concept is it that if I move to our nation’s capital I am less of a citizen of the United States of America?” Hoyer said.

In 1993, the Democratic-controlled Congress defeated a D.C. statehood bill by an almost 2-1 margin.

[jwplayer kPypNlSB]

The Western Journal has reviewed this Associated Press story and may have altered it prior to publication to ensure that it meets our editorial standards.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , ,
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands. Photo credit: @AP on Twitter
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
New York City