UPDATED 8:09 AM PT – Thursday, April 22, 2021
A bill seeking to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state has passed in the House. The Democrat-led proposal will head to the Senate after it pushed through in 216-to-208 vote on Thursday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed will “reaffirm the truth that all deserve a voice in our democracy.” However, it faces strong opposition in the upper chamber.
Conservatives have long pushed against the granting of statehood to D.C. with many agreeing it’s nothing more than an attempt by the other side to get two more Democrat senators. A nearly identical bill passed the Democrat-controlled House last year, but ultimately failed in the then Republican-controlled Senate.
In a press conference last year regarding the identical bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed his outrage of the Democrat’s attempt to shift the balance in the Senate by adding two more seats for Democrats.
“It would empower the most radical agenda in modern American politics,” he stated.”This is not about enfranchising people, this is about expanding the Senate map to accommodate the most radical agenda that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been up here.”
Democrats claim D.C. statehood is a “fight for racial justice” with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser testifying in last months hearing on the legislation
“The simple fact is denying American citizens a vote in the body that taxes them goes against the founding principles of this great nation,” said the mayor. “The disenfranchisement of Washingtonians is one of the remaining glaring civil rights and voting rights issues of our time.”
Meanwhile, GOP senators have continued to push back against the idea while characterizing it as nothing more than a political power grab. The ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, congressman James Comer (R-Ky.), said this is Democrats first step toward enacting large-scale re-structuring of U.S. government to fit a left-wing agenda.
What’s more important to the Democrats than power?
The answer, nothing.
Their push for D.C Statehood is confirmation that they have zero interest in respecting the institutions of our Constitutional Republic and only care about pushing their radical agenda.
Stop the madness.
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) April 22, 2021
This also comes as 22 Republican attorneys general sent a letter to Joe Biden and congressional leaders arguing the proposed legislation is unconstitutional and bad policy. Additionally, they warned the move would create an uneven balance of power and effectively turn Washington, D.C. into a “super state” that can overrule the democratic will of other states.
The statehood bill, known as H.R.51, now faces a long-shot bid to overcome Republican opposition in the narrowly divided Senate.