House Democrats set vote next week on DC statehood

House Democrats announced Tuesday that they will hold a vote on DC statehood next week — in what likely will be the first time a chamber of Congress approves making the nation’s capital city the 51st state.

The bill is expected to pass easily on June 26 with overwhelming Democratic support. But it will die just as surely with opposition in the Senate from Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Democratic leaders and DC officials announced the vote at a press conference. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said “this deprivation of statehood is unjust, unequal, undemocratic and unacceptable.”

The capital is home to roughly 700,000 people — more people than Vermont and Wyoming, and nearly as many as Alaska. If it were a state, DC would have one House member and two senators.

Since ratification of the 23rd Amendment in 1961, DC has had a say in presidential elections, with three electoral votes, but only one non-voting House delegate.

President Trump told the New York Post last month that “DC will never be a state” because Republicans aren’t “stupid.”

“You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen,” Trump told The Post in his first remarks on DC statehood as president.


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