The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on whether to make Washington, D.C., a State.
The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), voted the bill, H.R. 51, out of committee by a vote of 25-19 to create D.C. statehood Wednesday, Breitbart reported.
Mike DeBonis, for The Washington Post, tweeted Friday:
House moving to put D.C. statehood bill on the floor NEXT WEEK pic.twitter.com/F8rhGuaeeW
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) April 16, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted on Wednesday:
Residents of DC pay taxes, serve in uniform and contribute to the economic power of our nation while being deprived of full enfranchisement. The sacred right to vote & have a voice in our government is a core pillar of our freedom. It’s time to finally grant #DCStatehood.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 14, 2021
Likewise, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tweeted on Friday:
I expect to bring #HR51 to the House Floor for a vote on Thursday, April 22 to grant #DCStatehood to the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia. The voice of every American citizen deserves to be heard – it’s past time that we make statehood a reality for DC.
— Steny (Wear a Mask) Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) April 16, 2021
As reported by Breitbart:
The ultimate argument seems to be whether the 23rd Amendment guarantees the federal Capitol at least three electors in presidential elections, Rep. Any Biggs (R-AZ) suggested Wednesday.
Biggs’ view is supported by legal scholars, who opposed D.C. statehood’s feasibility without a Constitutional amendment to the 23rd Amendment. The Office of Legal Counsel in 2007 believed it was unconstitutional, the Justice Department under former President Reagan and former President Carter stated the transformation was unconstitutional, and so did Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, when he sat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The legislation is among those radical proposals the Democrats introduced in Biden’s first 100 days include: packing the courts, amnesty, reparations, federalized elections, D.C. statehood, and banning the Electoral College. Continued Below
Meanwhile, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wrote on Twitter Friday:
Making D.C. a state to add two more Democratic senators is the congressional equivalent of packing the Court.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) April 16, 2021
The attorneys general noted this bill is “unconstitutional, represents unsound policy, and . . . would create a super-state with unrivaled power.”
No wonder Democrats are pushing for #DCStatehood. It's a Pelosi power grab. https://t.co/5rT5AGgtSQ
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) April 14, 2021