House OKs DC statehood as Republicans oppose

House OKs DC statehood as Republicans oppose

Advocates for statehood point out that the District's 700,000 residents, over 46 percent of whom are black, are effectively disenfranchised under the existing system, in which they are represented by a single member of Congress who doesn't even have a vote.

"DC should be a state", tweeted Democratic candidate for the White House Joe Biden. For a supporter, it's a historically good day.

"We believe in holding officers accountable for their actions, but the effect 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.

This is not the first time that a debate over D.C.'s statehood has erupted.

The initiative passed in the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 232-180, with no Republicans supporting it. Democrats counter by saying the proposal should have been discussed in committee before being brought to a vote by the full Senate.

It heads next to the U.S. Senate. That measure was blocked by Democrats on Tuesday and there were no signs of new negotiations.

The new name would come from first President George Washington and from abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, according to ABC News.

Pelosi said when her late father was in Congress, he was chair of a subcommittee in charge of the District, earning him the informal title "mayor of Washington", but he nevertheless supported home rule. The federal district would be reduced to about two square miles in area, made up of the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall and the Supreme Court.

Under the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1961, the District of Columbia is entitled to three electoral votes. So, when they admit that, and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration - but so far they were trying to get away with murder, actually - the murder of George Floyd'.

The legislation includes "expedited procedures" created to speed up repeal of the 23rd Amendment.

In an interview, U.S. Rep.

Democrats cited the Oregon Law Center, which found more than 334,000 license suspensions over the past decade.

Cotton dismissed the district as having little to offer as a state other than lobbyists and federal workers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back in her floor remarks: "Statehood for the district is about showing respect for our democracy", she said. "I viewed this effort this week as a waste of valuable time on the floor of the House of Representatives".

Its population is larger than that of the states of Vermont and Wyoming, and comparable to half a dozen small states.

Since its inception, its residents have not had voting representatives on Capitol Hill.

If the bill was approved, D.C. would be allowed one voting representative in the House and two in the Senate.

The most controversial section in the House bill would reduce the legal immunity police now have for their actions, including those that result in the deaths of unarmed black men such as Floyd, who died after an officer pressed his knee against the victim's neck for more than eight minutes.

"If there is a path forward, we should find it", Scott told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

Democrats framed the DC statehood bill as an overdue remedy to disenfranchisement perpetuated since Congress made Washington the US' permanent capital in 1790, and a longstanding civil rights issue for a city that's almost 50 percent black.

Bowser remains optimistic D.C. will become the 51st state.

"I want to be clear: we still have much work to do to get to a place where our communities can genuinely feel safe around those who are sworn to protect and serve them", said Sen.

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