DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms
@ap.news The sun sets on the U.S. Capitol building, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades long-movement to reshape the American political map has taken an important further step.
The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would turn the nation’s capital into the 51st state. The bill proposes creating a new state with one representative and two senators. A tiny sliver of land including the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall would remain as a federal district.
While it was long expected to clear the House, the proposal faces a far tougher fight in the Senate. There, simple Democratic control won’t be enough to overcome strong Republican opposition.