Manchin signals ‘No’ on D.C. statehood bill

Manchin signals ‘No’ on D.C. statehood bill
Joe Manchin (Image: YouTube screen grab via Fox News)

[Ed. – This is likely to help the wavering RINOs refrain from voting Yes on it.  Manchin being out could well mean it gets dropped for the time being.  It’s not actually a popular proposal; it never has been.  Voters back home know there’s no way Washington, D.C. should have two senators.  D.C. shouldn’t even have one.  It’s the premier federal dependency with a host of costs and privileges paid for by the rest of the nation: the very opposite of the kind of state that should have a political balancing effect on urban behemoths in Congress.]

Sen. Joe Manchin on Friday said that he did not support the D.C. statehood bill, a blow to advocates pushing to make it the 51st state after the legislation passed the House last week.

“If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment … and let the people of America vote,” the West Virginia Democrat told Hoppy Kercheval of West Virginia’s MetroNews in a radio interview.

Manchin is the first Democratic senator to come out against the D.C. statehood bill, which Republicans are united against, although a small number of Democratic caucus members have not yet publicly backed the bill.

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