This past Tuesday, the Biden administration released a statement officially stating its support of a bill that would make Washington D.C. the 51st state.
In the statement of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget stated that the administration “strongly supports H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act,” additionally saying that “the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress. This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values on which our Nation was founded.”
The release goes on, saying that the new bill to make D.C. a state “rights this wrong” by “providing its residents with long-overdue full representation in Congress, while maintaining a Federal District that will continue to serve as our Nation’s seat of government.”
The statement ends by saying:
“Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress as H.R. 51 proceeds through the legislative process to ensure that it comports with Congress’ constitutional responsibilities and its constitutional authority to admit new states to the Union by legislation. The Administration calls for the Congress to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”
Last month, The Daily Wire reported that H.R. 51 would change the “Capital” zone size, thusly making the “Capital” technically “the principal Federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and the Federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building.” The bill would name the new state “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth” in order to acknowledge abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
H.R. 51 will most likely be seeing a vote later this week. Currently, the bill is expected to make it through the house but will see far more challenges once it reaches the Senate floor where it would need at least 60 votes to get past any potential filibuster.
“The residents of our nation’s capital deserve voting representation in Congress and full local self-government,” stated Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s Democratic delegate in the House and the main sponsor of the bill in a statement reported by CNBC.
“With Thursday’s House vote and expected passage, along with Democratic control of the Senate and White House, we have never been closer to statehood,” she stated.
The people who support the bill believe that disallowing D.C. to earn statehood is an attempt to stop people from voting, especially in an area where many people of color currently live. Those who are against D.C. statehood claim that it goes against the constitution and is an attempt by Democrats to further gain control in the legislature.