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Tue Apr 6, 2021, 07:56 PM

House to vote on admitting Washington, D.C., as a state

Source: CBS News

The House will vote on a bill to admit Washington, D.C. as the 51st state later this month, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a letter to colleagues on Tuesday. Although the measure is expected to pass in the House, it will likely stall in the Senate, as most Republicans have expressed opposition to admitting the nation's capital as a state.

The House approved a D.C. statehood measure by a vote of 232 to 180 last year, but it did not come to the floor of the Senate, which was then controlled by Republicans. Although Democrats now hold a 50-seat majority in the Senate, most legislation requires 60 votes to advance, and this bill is unlikely to garner support from ten Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has committed to bringing the measure to the floor for a vote, but a motion to end debate on the legislation would almost certainly fail.

The legislation, titled H.R. 51, would create the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, named after Frederick Douglass. It would give D.C. two U.S. senators and a voting representative in the House, like every other state. The bill would also cordon off the White House, Capitol and National Mall to remain under federal control as the seat of the U.S. government.

The district has a population of nearly 700,000 people, larger than the populations of Wyoming and Vermont. District residents have no voting representation in Congress, but Eleanor Holmes Norton represents D.C. in Congress as a non-voting delegate.



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Reply House to vote on admitting Washington, D.C., as a state (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 2021 OP
elleng Apr 2021 #1
Angleae Apr 2021 #5
elleng Apr 2021 #7
IronLionZion Apr 2021 #14
BumRushDaShow Apr 2021 #16
Rizen Apr 2021 #2
Hekate Apr 2021 #3
DavidDvorkin Apr 2021 #4
speak easy Apr 2021 #11
Justice matters. Apr 2021 #6
Sogo Apr 2021 #8
JohnSJ Apr 2021 #12
Wolf Frankula Apr 2021 #9
JustABozoOnThisBus Apr 2021 #10
EndlessWire Apr 2021 #13
IronLionZion Apr 2021 #15
Wolf Frankula Apr 2021 #17
Tommymac Apr 2021 #18
Johnny2X2X Apr 2021 #19

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:00 PM

1. Good. MIGHT have to add one of the territories,

to satisfy repugs, IF one of them would likely vote repug; is there any such???

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 10:52 PM

5. Northern Mariana Islands

Republican Gov/Lt Gov, 50% of house, 56% of senate

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Response to Angleae (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 11:08 PM

7. Thanks.

Puerto Rico would be better, wouldn't it, not politics-wise, but closeness-wise?

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Response to elleng (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 10:15 AM

14. Yes, and PR switches between GOP and Dems for governor nt

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 10:32 AM

16. Plus their current Delegate is a Republican.

Jenniffer González

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:23 PM

2. We have to push this and the voting rights bill through.

Republicans continue to try and destroy our democracy.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 10:25 PM

3. KnR. Aloha from the 50th State!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 10:35 PM

4. I assume it would pass the Senate if there were no filibuster

Time to get rid of that damned thing. Maybe this will spur that effort along.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 05:53 AM

11. The votes are not there to scrap the filibuster Not going to happen.

I don't know how Manchin and Sinema could be more emphatic.

Sen. Joe Manchin on ending the filibuster: 'Jesus Christ, what don't you understand about 'never'?'
https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-manchin-says-he-will-never-support-ending-the-filibuster-2021-3?r=US&IR=T

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 10:55 PM

6. Yay, 2 more Democratic Senators (real ones)

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 12:19 AM

8. Don't know why they couldn't use one of their budget reconciliation votes for this.

Having a new State would certainly impact the budget....

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Response to Sogo (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 06:35 AM

12. It would never pass reconciliation. The only way this is going to happen is if we win more seats

in the Senate, and maintain the the majority in the House


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:14 AM

9. If the DC is admitted

1: According to the constitution, the areas of the federal government that are under federal control shall remain there..
2: Let it's name change from the District of Columbia to the State of Columbia.
3: The numbers of the House of Representatives should be increased to provide representation. It is long past time for the numbers of the House to be increased. This is NOT 1913.

Wolf

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 05:34 AM

10. We'd need a process to pick a state name. "Columbia" may be out-of-favor, ...

... unless the history of Columbus is scrubbed and polished. At best, it's controversial.

I'd vote for "Potomac".

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Response to Wolf Frankula (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 06:42 AM

13. Yeah

I like "Columbia" as the state name. "Columbia State University" sounds good to me.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 10:23 AM

15. Force Republicans to do a real filibuster

make them stand up and talk for hours instead of just threatening to.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:02 AM

17. I'm in favor of that

Bring back the real filibuster and make the talker talk until he falls over.

Wolf

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:04 AM

18. The Horse may finally sing.

Gotta keep trying.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:33 AM

19. Make the Dakotas 1 state too

100 is a nice round number for Senators, so make the Dakotas 1 state.

Would help Democracy in our country.

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