Democrats’ drive to make Washington the 51st state this week has been a major hurdle in the form of a fellow Democrat.
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said he was opposed only to Congress creating the new state and believed that, as Republicans argued, the statehood of the country’s capital should be made through constitutional amendment.
“If Congress wants to turn DC into a state, it must propose a constitutional amendment,” Manchin said in an interview with West Virginia radio network MetroNews, according to the Associated Press. “It must propose a constitutional amendment and let the people of America vote.”
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In a 50-50 split Senate, DC’s statehood already had a difficult chance to become a reality, because while the legislative filibuster is in place, the proposal will require 60 votes in advance. Republicans strongly oppose elevating the federal district to statehood, arguing that it is unconstitutional for Democrats to add two more liberal senators to the upper house.
Manchin, a moderate member of the Red State, openly opposed the abolition of the legislative filibuster. His joining Republicans on a variety of issues has disappointed Liberals who want to use the slim Democratic majority in the House and Senate to pass key priorities such as federal voting rights legislation, police reform, DC statehood and raising the minimum wage to $ 15. .
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The house passed legislation earlier this month that made Washington, D.C., the 51st state and give about 700,000 residents full representation in Congress. Strictly the party’s vote in the House was 216 to 208, with all Republicans rejecting the statehood bill called HR 51. The legislation is backed by President Biden.
DC’s non-voting DC delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, argued that the county should not be different from the 37 other states that Congress has admitted to the union without a constitutional amendment. On Friday, she issued a new statement without mentioning Manchin by name, saying the 23rd Amendment should not be repealed before Congress grants statehood.
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“Those who make such a claim link political choice and the constitutional requirement,” Norton said.