District Line Daily: Victory For Statehood

District Line Daily: Victory For Statehood

Don’t forget to vote for Best of D.C. Voting for our annual contest runs through March 1. THE NEWS: D.C.’s statehood bill is heading to the House floor for a vote, where it’s expected to pass. “HISTORY,” tweets Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton . “For the first time since 1993, we are heading to the House floor! It’s time for #DCstatehood.” If H.R.51 passes, it’ll be the first time any chamber of Congress passes statehood legislation. How did we get here? Decades of advocacy and organizing . The goal of making D.C. the 51st state isn’t without obstacles. Republican lawmakers oppose statehood, citing various reasons like doubts around constitutionality and concerns over parking spaces . Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the quiet part aloud in a Fox News interview; he doesn’t back statehood because that would give the Senate two more Democrats. During Tuesday’s House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing—where H.R. 51 had to pass before it moved to the full House—Republicans voiced their opposition to statehood and introduced various amendments to undermine the bill. DCist ’s Rachel Kurzius , who attended the hearing, documents every excuse for opposing statehood in a Twitter thread . Some highlights include Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) essentially blaming D.C. residents for living in a city with no representation, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) declaring the Founding Fathers wouldn’t want it this way , and Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) reducing D.C. to just a government “town with a little bit of tourism connected […]

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