[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.