Washington, D.C., is closer to becoming a state than ever before. But it probably won't quite get there.
In a historic vote that fell largely along party lines, the House of Representatives voted its approval to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state. Passing with a vote of 232 to 180, it was the first time that such legislation has passed either legislative body, despite multiple attempts over the years. The last time D.C. statehood came to a congressional vote was in 1993, when it lost in the House with a vote of 277 to 153.
Despite the House's approval, however, the majority of the U.S. Senate has been vocal about opposing the legislation, as has President Donald Trump, who would have the power to veto the bill if it managed to make it past the Senate.
The legislation was sponsored by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat. Statehood would give the District voting representation in Congress, as well as full control over local affairs.
Regardless of the politics involved, the fact that the legislation passed the House of Representatives was historic in and of itself—and a small victory for those in Washington, D.C., who advocate for statehood.
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