President Biden has officially endorsed a bill that would designate Washington, D.C as the country’s 51st state. The Democrat-led bill is an obviously partisan push to secure a lasting majority in Congress as the District is staunchly Democrat-leaning.
The Hill reports:
“Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of administration policy. “Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy.”
The statement further called for Congress “to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”
The House is scheduled to vote this week on legislation to make D.C. the country’s 51st state, after Democrats pledged to prioritize it during Biden’s first 100 days in office. The bill passed out of committee last week in a party-line vote.
The House previously passed the bill last year, but it went nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate. Even with Democrats now in control of both chambers, D.C. statehood faces an uphill, unlikely, climb to actually passing Congress.
To advance the bill Democrats would need the support of 10 Republicans without getting rid of the current filibuster.