By Breitbart. The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on whether to make Washington, D.C., a State.
The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), voted the bill, H.R. 51, out of committee by a vote of 25-19 to create D.C. statehood Wednesday. . .
House moving to put D.C. statehood bill on the floor NEXT WEEK pic.twitter.com/F8rhGuaeeW
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The ultimate argument seems to be whether the 23rd Amendment guarantees the federal Capitol at least three electors in presidential elections, Rep. Any Biggs (R-AZ) suggested Wednesday.
Biggs’ view is supported by legal scholars, who opposed D.C. statehood’s feasibility without a Constitutional amendment to the 23rd Amendment. The Office of Legal Counsel in 2007 believed it was unconstitutional, the Justice Department under former President Reagan and former President Carter stated the transformation was unconstitutional, and so did Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, when he sat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Read more from “SHOCK AND AWE: House Will Vote on Whether to Make Washington D.C. a State; Democrats Look to Grab Two Automatic Senators” HERE)
House Committee Votes To Approve DC Statehood as Democrats Denounce the Disenfranchisement of DC’s 700,000 Residents
By Yahoo News. The House Oversight and Reform Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would make Washington, DC, the country’s 51st state.
The Washington, DC Admissions Act or H.R. 51, introduced by DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, is expected to pass a full House vote along party lines next week.
Those in favor of statehood argue that DC residents are being denied their most basic democratic right to representation in Congress. The city has one non-voting member of the House and two “shadow senators,” who are unelected and can’t vote. . .
Congress passed the same legislation last June, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to bring it up for a vote last year. While Democrats now control the House, Senate, and White House, the bill likely remains doomed as its passage would require 60 votes in the Senate because of the chamber’s filibuster rule. Just 44 Democratic senators have co-sponsored the legislation. (Read more from “House Committee Votes To Approve DC Statehood as Democrats Denounce the Disenfranchisement of DC’s 700,000 Residents” HERE)
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