House passes bill that would grant D.C. statehood

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Published on 22 Apr 2021, 17:19
The House passed legislation to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state and to grant its more than 700,000 residents full representation in Congress. Here’s what Democrats and Republicans argued before the vote.

Republicans, who hold 50 seats, have branded the bill as a Democratic power-grab because it would create two Senate seats for the deep-blue city. Not even all Democrats have backed the bill as the clock ticks toward the 2022 midterms.

Still, the prospect of a first-ever Senate hearing on statehood has energized supporters. Read more: Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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