Six Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Co-Sponsoring a Bill to Make DC the 51st State

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For the first time in 26 years, Congress will vote on a resolution to designate Washinton D.C. as America’s fifty-first state and every senator running for president in the 2020 election is co-sponsoring the bill.

According to the New Yorker, Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with 22 others, have co-signed the legislation originally introduced by Sen. Tom Carper.

It’s a companion bill to H.R. 51, which the Democrat-led House is expected to vote and pass in the coming weeks.

The Republican-led Senate, however, is expected to shoot down the bill.

That’s likely because D.C. is a Democrat-dominated district. In 2016, Hillary Clinton received over 90 percent of the vote there while Donald Trump got just over four percent.

Washinton D.C. is home to more people than Vermont and Wyoming, and yet they have little say in what happens in the federal government. Eleanor Holmes Norton represents the capital in the House of Representatives but is not allowed to vote. She’s the one who introduced H.R. 51.

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