(TheRedWire.com) – The House passed a controversial bill to make Washington, DC, the 51st state on April 22, hoping it would pass in the Senate and be signed into law by the president. The debate in the House about the bill included an argument that DC was enshrined in the US Constitution as the nation’s capital and purposely was not designated a state.
By that reasoning, legislation alone would not be sufficient to make the district a new state. This argument was countered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Leftists. They narrowly passed the bill on a partisan vote.
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In the US Senate, where 60 votes are required, the bill never stood a serious chance of passing. Even if the Democratic majority takes the big step of ending the filibuster once and for all, moderate Democrats, like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), would have killed any hopes the Left may have harbored to pass this bill.
Manchin believed the bill would be challenged in the US Supreme Court and would foment more division between parties. He cited the 23rd Amendment of the US Constitution as precedent and said if DC is to become a state, voters across the country should have a say in the matter through a Constitutional amendment.
The issue seems dead, for now. However, these days, anything can happen in the wild, wild west of Congress.
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