House set to approve D.C. statehood in Tuesday vote

House set to approve D.C. statehood in Tuesday vote

[Ed. – This would have to go through court challenges it might not survive, the big issue being constitutionality.  But we still need to hope there’s at least one Democratic senator who won’t go along with it.  This proposal isn’t something the courts should have to (or get to) make a tough decision on.]

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. …

[L]egal scholars … 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.

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