Democrats Trying to Make DC a State Again

Democrats Trying to Make DC a State Again

( – United States House of Representatives Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has been pushing for statehood for Washington, DC, for three decades. She first introduced a bill for statehood in 1991, and on March 22, 2021, she returned to Capitol Hill to testify before the House Oversight Committee about the issue.

A non-voting House member, she introduced the latest bill for DC statehood last year. The bill passed the Democratic-led House but never reached the Senate, which Republicans led at the time.

With a record 215 co-sponsors, the bill should easily pass in the House. However, its chances in the Senate remain slim. With the Senate split, 50/50 Republicans are counting on the filibuster to block the bill. A long-standing custom in the chamber, the filibuster requires a supermajority of 60 affirmative votes to pass a bill.

Some Democrats have been pushing for changes to the filibuster rule to pass measures like the DC statehood bill. However, that seems unlikely since Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) recently said they would not vote to end the rule.

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