Will the U.S. get a 51st state?
The Democratic-led House will consider a bill to make the District of Columbia officially a state on June 26th. Speaking at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said DC residents have been “denied their right to fully participate in their democracy.”
This is the first time since 1993 that Congress has voted on the issue. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the effort for statehood is longstanding because the “lack of representation in Congress is so damaging.”
He said we are the only nation in the world whose capitol does not have voting members in their legislative body. The bill was drafter by the DC representative. While the bill will likely pass in the House, it has little chance of being considered in the GOP-controlled Senate, especially when you consider how democrat leaning the city is.