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US House Votes to Transform Washington, DC into 51st State
By Staff, Agencies
The US House of Representatives voted 232-180 to make Washington DC the 51st US state.
The development marked the first time the entire House was allowed to vote on a bill granting DC statehood.
The initiative has been sponsored by congressmen from the US Democratic Party, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arguing Washington's "low status" as the federal District of Columbia is a "grave injustice" that needs to be changed.
The bill is most likely to be voted down in the Republican-majority Senate. The White House also said earlier that US President Donald Trump will veto the legislation if it is submitted to him.
Trump noted that giving statehood to Washington would result in more Democrats elected. "You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So, we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No, thank you. That'll never happen", Trump told the New York Post last month.
The US Congress granted the city home rule, allowing it to elect a mayor, city council and making it responsible for nearly all functions enjoyed by any other jurisdiction, while constitutional objections to DC statehood have yet to be fully tested in US courts.
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