House Democrats Plan To Make D.C The 51st State Next Week

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House Democrats Plan To Make D.C The 51st State Next Week. Earlier, Planned Parenthood finally endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for President as the leader says it’s ” a do or die election” to restore America to it’s former glory.

House Democrats have slated a vote next week to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, an issue they say has become far more important in the aftermath of protests for racial justice across the nation.

House Democratic leaders are racing ahead with legislation to grant statehood to Washington, D.C. In February, the House Oversight and Reform Committee had approved the proposal, marking the first time a D.C. statehood bill had won committee passage since 1993.

Democratic leaders are now seeking to move the bill through the full House and pressure Senate Republicans to take it up.

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The absence of voting power has long been an issue of contention for the residents of Washington, where the population outweighs that of several states but the one congressional representative lacks the authority to vote on the floor.

“What kind of a concept is that, that if I move to my nation’s capital I will be less of a citizen in America?” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked Tuesday during a press briefing in the Capitol.

House Democrats Plan To Make D.C The 51st State Next Week

The Democrats’ proposal, sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), would undo that disparity, making D.C. the 51st state in the union and empowering its nearly 700,000 residents with one vote in the House and two in the Senate.

Supporters of the change argue that D.C. residents pay taxes, fight in wars, are bound by federal statutes — and should therefore not be left powerless on Capitol Hill.

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“This deprivation of statehood is unjust, unequal, undemocratic and unacceptable,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“This deprivation of statehood is unjust, unequal, undemocratic and unacceptable,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The statehood issue has gained prominence since Washington has emerged as an epicenter of the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of Floyd’s death. Tens of thousands of people have descended on the nation’s capital in recent weeks, many of them gathering around the White House to protest President Trump’s aggressive response, which initially featured the deployment of federal and National Guard troops around the District.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday that no state would tolerate such a militant federal response to peaceful protests — and Washington shouldn’t have to either.

Norton’s bill is just one facet of the Democrats’ multi-pronged response to Floyd’s death, which features a series of long sought reforms designed to combat racial disparities across a swath of cultural sectors.

Most immediately, Democrats are seeking to move criminal justice reforms aimed at reining in racial profiling and police brutality, a package also scheduled for a floor vote next week.

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