The House will vote on a measure to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state before the summer recess, the first time a statehood bill for the nation’s capital has been voted on since 1993.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told WUSA-9 in an interview following President Trump’s State of the Union address Monday that he plans to bring HR-51 to a vote on the House floor before the chamber breaks for the summer.
“We’re the only capital in the free world that doesn’t allow its citizens to have a voting member in the parliament, or in this case the Congress,” Hoyer said. – as reported on TheHill.com
They want to use this measure to gain two more Democratic Senators but its unlikely to make it through the GOP controlled Senate.
If the bill were enacted, D.C.’s eight wards would become a state called Douglass Commonwealth, with two senators and one House member.
The Capitol, the National Mall, and other sites would remain under the federal government’s jurisdiction.