Statehood Bill Decisively, Momentum Building for Passage in Senate

06/29/2020 03:00 | 3

Statehood Bill Decisively, Momentum Building for Passage in Senate

Lew Frederick, a Portland Democrat and one of four Black lawmakers in Oregon.

"I was born without representation, but I swear - I will not die without representation", she wrote. "If the Democrats succeed in forcing through D.C. statehood, they'll do so only as a narrow faction that scorns the history of our country and seizes power against the will of the people, who want Washington to remain what it has been for more than 200 years: the Federal City, our nation's capital".

"We believe in holding officers accountable for their actions, but the outcome of this would be making criminals out of decent cops enforcing the laws in good faith", executive director William Johnson said in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee. "We're close to putting an end to this kind of anomaly".

The Democrat-Controlled House passed a DC Statehood bill for the first time on Friday despite decades of demands from Democrat politicians and advocates.

This time, the legislation had 227 co-sponsors - a majority in the House. The legislation passed 232 to 180, with only one Democrat joining Republicans to vote against it.

"Fee-based license suspensions disproportionately impact people of color", said Senator James I. Manning Jr., D-Eugene, who carried the bill on the Senate Floor.

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland declared the measure to recognize Washington, D.C., as a state "long overdue".

It is because of this unique status that residents of "Washington DC", "the District of Columbia", do not have elected officials who vote in Congress. We ban chokeholds. So are we supposed to come up with a number of chokeholds we are going to agree with? Unlike state National Guards, which usually report to their governors, the D.C. National Guard is commanded by the president.

When the United States was created in 18 century, the founding fathers wished to establish the seat of the federal government outside 13 first states to avoid conflicts.

In 2016, D.C. residents voted in favor of statehood, according to NPR.

And Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice said DC statehood goes against public opinion and the Constitution.

He and other Republicans float the concept known as "retrocession", in which Washington would return its residential land to Maryland, which would allow city residents to vote for senators and have a voice in Congress.

"This is a pure political bill", Harris said.

Three Republicans crossed party lines to vote in favour.

Norton said this week that her great-grandfather, Richard Holmes, escaped enslavement on a Virginia plantation and settled in the District, where he found freedom, "but not equal citizenship". "All lives matter", said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, would shrink the federal capital to a small area encompassing the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and other federal buildings along the National Mall.

The rest of the city would become the 51st USA state, named the Washington, Douglass Commonwealth after abolitionist Frederick Douglass, according to the bill.

Given the highly partisan reaction to the bill, it is unlikely that the Senate will approve the bill. He made it clear that he does not approve the 51st state for the DC since this might result in having more Democrats in the House.

The group on Friday launched a website,, and digital ads.

When the Democrats in the Senate blocked the GOP bill, it was because they wanted a more moderate proposal by Scott, who then offered the Democrats the chance to vote on a max of twenty amendments, but was declined.

The White House and Republicans who control the Senate have already voiced their opposition to the measure, making the House vote largely symbolic. Arlington is a heavily Democratic city, and was once a part of D.C.

The bill, Pelosi said, "will fundamentally transform the culture of policing to address systemic racism, curb police brutality and bring accountability to our police departments".

Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz. New York Rep. Pete King said it's time to stand with law enforcement, the "men and women in blue".

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