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Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Make Washington, D.C., the 51st State

HeadlineJan 28, 2021

Senate Democrats have reintroduced a bill to establish Washington, D.C., as the 51st U.S. state. A matching bill was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month by Democratic Congressmember Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia as a non-voting delegate.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “This is a bill that could easily pass, and it would allow the president to send a message about democracy that cannot be sent in any other way — democracy in our own country, democracy for our nation’s capital.”

Voting rights reporter Ari Berman noted on Twitter, “Wyoming has 578,000 people, is 92% white and has 2 senators. DC has 705,000 people, is 46% Black and has 0 senators.”

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