Last Thursday, the House approved legislation to make Washington D.C. the country’s 51st state. Not surprisingly, the bill, known as HR 51, passed along party lines, with 216 Democrats voting in favor of statehood and 208 Republicans voting against.
“By voting for D.C. statehood, the House of Representatives reaffirms this truth that all deserve a voice in our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said shortly before the bill was passed. Given that more than 94 percent of the District’s voters cast ballots against former President Trump in 2020, it is not difficult to see the Democrats’ motive.
HR 51 will now make its way to the Senate chamber, where Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has committed to making it a top priority. “We will try to work a path to get it [statehood] done,” Schumer said. HR 51 is unlikely to advance beyond the Senate, with the filibuster requiring 60 senators to vote in its favor. But that won’t stop the Democrats from pushing for it anyway.
Although a Gallup poll revealed that 64 percent of Americans oppose making D.C. a state, with only 29 percent in favor, congressional Democrats will also have the support of President Biden, whose Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a statement last week supporting the measure and asking Congress to “provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”
So what exactly is the rationale for making D.C., which is roughly one-eighteenth the size of Rhode Island, into a state?
It’s fairly obvious that the Democrats intend to add an additional blue state, all but guaranteeing them two more Democrat senators in perpetuity. Considering that the Democrats already want to pack the Supreme Court, we might as well call this state-packing.
But that’s not how the Democrat leadership is framing it.
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According to the District’s government website, “For more than 200 years, the residents of Washington, D.C. have been subjected to systemic inequality and denied the full rights of citizenship…. D.C. has all the same responsibilities, but not the same rights, as our fellow Americans — we are treated as second-class citizens.”
Considering that D.C. ranks as the fourth most expensive city in the country and has a median income of more than $86,000, it would seem rather peculiar that the around 700,000 people who reside in the District would subject themselves to such miserable standards of living.
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