• Carolyn Maloney

House votes to make DC the 51st state

House Democrats riled by President Trump’s handling of anti-police brutality protests voted Friday to make Washington, DC, the 51st state.


The bill passed 232-180 along party lines. One Democrat and the only Libertarian joined all Republicans in opposition. It’s the first time either chamber of Congress has approved DC statehood.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently said he won’t hold a vote, effectively killing the bill. Trump told The Post last month that DC will “never” be a state because Republicans aren’t “stupid” enough to add guaranteed Democratic seats.


The capital city is home to roughly 700,000 people — more than Vermont and Wyoming, and nearly as many as Alaska. If it were a state, DC would have one House member and two senators.


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