众议院将在四月的一周内投票通过华盛顿州立法案 19

埃莉诺·福尔摩斯·诺顿, 直流电. 代表, 说,众议院监督委员会将在4月对她的建国法案进行投票 14 然后在下周发送全民投票的立法.

The week of April 19th the House will take a historic step in righting the monumental wrong of denying the 712,000 federal taxpaying American citizens who live in the nation’s capital voting representation in Congress and self-government without congressional interference into local affairs,” Norton said in a statement.

华盛顿, DC - JULY 23: 的. 埃莉诺·福尔摩斯·诺顿 (D-D.C) speaks on Capitol Hill on July 23, 2020 在直流电顿, DC. The bill defies longstanding precedents in treating the District of Columbia as a territory instead of as a state for federal funding under the $  150 billion coronavirus relief fund for states and territories, depriving D.C. of an estimated $  750 百万. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

华盛顿, 直流电 – JULY 23: 的. 埃莉诺·福尔摩斯·诺顿 (D-D.C) speaks on Capitol Hill on July 23, 2020 在华盛顿, 直流电. The bill defies longstanding precedents in treating the District of Columbia as a territory instead of as a state for federal funding under the $ 150 billion coronavirus relief fund for states and territories, depriving D.C. of an estimated $ 750 百万. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (盖蒂图片社)

The Democrat-led House passed D.C. statehood once before, but the legislation died in the GOP-controlled Senate last year. Norton expressed optimism that her legislation would pass again, despite the very slim Democratic majority now in the House.

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“[w ^]e expect the House to pass the D.C. statehood bill for the second time in history,” 她说.

直流. has a population of more than 700,000 居民 — greater than Wyoming and Vermontbut the residents don’t have voting members in Congress or full control over local affairs. 然而, the District of Columbia pays more in federal taxes 比 21 states and more per capita than any state, 根据 2019 IRS data book.

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Under the plan, the 51st state would be called “华盛顿州, Douglass Commonwealth,” named for Frederick Douglass.

直流. would have full control over local affairs and full representation in Congress, which would amount to two senators and one representative in the House based on the current population.

The area around the White House, 国会大厦, Supreme Court and National Mall would be carved out into a federal district controlled by Congress and named theCapital.

Republicans have been firmly against D.C. statehood, calling it a Democratic power grab designed to tip the balance in the Senate in favor of Democrats by adding two senators from a liberal stronghold.

But Democrats have framed the issue as around civil rights and equality.

Full and equal representation for the residents of the District of Columbia remains one of the major civil rights issues of our day,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md。, said in a statement Wednesday announcing the vote.

Norton’s legislation, aptly named H.R. 51, already has 215 co-sponsorsnearly all the Democrats in the House. In the upper chamber, 它的. Tom Carper, D-Del, has authored the companion bill and has netted 42 的 50 Democrats in the Senate as co-sponsors, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 丹尼.

然而, the legislation needs 60 votes to advance and therefore will die again in the Senate without GOP support.

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