A vote in the House of Representatives passed a bill granting state status to Washington DC, the capital of the United States and with special status independent of the states.
In the UNITED States, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill granting state status to Washington DC, the capital, which has special status independent of the states. The bill, “H.R. 51,” which was passed to the House, makes Washington DC the 51st state, home to 700,000 people and paying more taxes than the 21 states in the country. Six 216 Democratic lawmakers voted “yes” to the bill, while 208 Republican lawmakers voted “no.” The bill was sent to the Senate for second approval.
Proponents of the law said residents would be given the right to self-representation under the U.S. constitution, a civil rights achievement. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Washington DC without voting rights in Congress, said in a statement, “Today is a historic victory for those who live in D.C. and the values that DC stands for.”
The Democratic Party is expected to win the capital elections.
Washington DC will issue two senators if it becomes a state, and the 46 percent African-American state is projected to vote in favor of the Democratic party.
Republicans who oppose the bill say it is unconstitutional, claiming it is a vote by Democrats who want to win two more seats in the U.S. Senate.
The bill needs 60 “yes” votes in the Senate to become law. In the Senate, which is made up of 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, it is claimed that the bill will not reach the required vote and that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will wait a while before putting the bill to a vote.