Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats passed legislation for the second time in two years making the District of Columbia America’s 51st state.
The bill passed along party lines, 216-208, making it nearly impossible to have any success in the Senate. At least 10 Republican Senators are needed to back Democrat efforts for the bill to reach Joe Biden’s desk.
But Democrats believe there is momentum to push “H.R. 51” into law.
Joe Biden has identified D.C. statehood as top priority in his 100 days in office. With Democrats currently controlling the Senate, support, however small, from the GOP could spell trouble for conservatives.
The Democrats’ main argument is lack of representation for D.C. taxpayers. They believe those living, working, and paying taxes in the district deserve representation in the House and two Senators as every other state has.
But Republicans easily see through this argument, realizing the ultimate goal for Democrats is to maintain a firm grasp on power for as long as possible. Every election, Democrats rely on the 700,000 D.C. residents to vote Blue without question. Democrats would undoubtedly pick up more House and Senate seats, a move Republicans obviously hope to avoid.
“It’s about Democrats adding two new progressive U.S. senators to push a radical agenda, … to reshape America into the socialist utopia they always talk about.”
Both Republican an Democratic administrations have in the past rejected D.C. statehood withouth an amendment to the Constitution. However, Democrats have forged ahead, arguing legislation alone can permit statehood for Washington D.C.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has signaled his support for the H.R. 51, but unanimous support from his party will be a tough hill to climb. So far, only 44 Senate Democrats have signed on to support D.C. statehood.
Nancy Pelosi’s statehood aspirations don’t stop with Washington D.C. Her House Democrats are reportedly eyeing a path to provide Puerto Rico with statehood as well. However, Democrats seem less enthused with the island nation becoming a state as Puerto Rican voters often elect Republicans.
Author: Asa McCue