The House of Representatives approved a measure that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C. in a party-line vote on Thursday.
The legislation, which passed 216-208, would create the new state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, and give it one representative and two senators. The bill has been the subject of intense opposition from Republicans, since D.C. would provide overwhelming Democratic representation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D.,Calif.), sporting a “D.C. 51” face mask at the news conference, stated that the vote would “reaffirm the truth that all deserve a voice in our democracy.”
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