House of Representatives approves historic legislation to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state

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  • The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia the 51st state by a vote of 232-180, largely along party lines. 
  • The vote marks the first time a chamber of Congress has passed a D.C. statehood bill. The legislation now goes the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to pass due to opposition from GOP leaders.
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s non-voting representative in Congress, sponsored the bill, arguing it has both the facts and Constitution on its side.
  • Opponents, mostly Republicans, called the bill a power grab for the firmly Democratic city, and said the nation’s founding fathers intended the capital to be separate from the other states.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, saying Congress has both the moral obligation and constitutional authority to ensure that the city’s 700,000 residents are allowed full voting rights, no longer subject to “taxation without representation.”

Lawmakers approved the bill, 232-180, largely along party lines, marking the first time a chamber of Congress has passed a D.C. statehood bill. The legislation now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it faces insurmountable opposition from GOP leaders.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s non-voting representative in Congress, sponsored the bill, saying it has both the facts and Constitution on its side.

D.C.’s population is larger than those of Wyoming and Vermont, and the new state would be one of seven with populations under one million, she said. The city’s $15.5 billion annual budget is l

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