Hoyer promises D.C. statehood vote on House floor ‘before the summer’

On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans on the oversight committee spent more than six hours debating the bill, which would shrink the seat of the federal government to a two-square-mile enclave, encompassing the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and other federal buildings. The rest of the District would become the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, after the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who lived in Washington for the last part of his life.

“The United States is a democracy, but its capital is not,” Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), the committee chair, said before the meeting.

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