[Ed. – All Republican objections are being branded on social media as “racist.” The actual reason is the sensible one: a District in which more than 30% of the voting-age population is employed by the federal government should not have two senators. It’s not just appropriate, it’s necessary for that District to have NO senators.]
The U.S. House on Friday approved legislation to make D.C. the 51st state in the United States.
The House vote was the first on D.C. statehood in more than a quarter-century. The vote was 232-180. Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson was the sole Democrat to oppose the bill. No Republican voted for it.
While it marks the first time the House has passed a D.C. statehood bill, the Republican-controlled Senate has no plans to take it up.