House Approves D.C. Statehood Bill, But It Faces Opposition From GOP Senators

House Approves D.C. Statehood Bill, But It Faces Opposition From GOP Senators
A bill to make the the District of Columbia the 51st state cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday, but it faces a major obstacle in the Senate’s 60-vote threshold.

Still, supporters of the effort believe that the idea of statehood for the District, which has the motto “Taxation without representation,” is farther along than in any previous efforts.

The House passed the bill, 216-208, with no Republicans voting for it.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to try to push forward the legislation. “D.C. statehood is an idea whose time has come,” he said in a floor speech.

The Republican opposition has varied, but Schumer complained that “the far right, the hard right which seems to be so dominant in the party on the other side, is so afraid of losing political power—and so unwilling to appeal to anyone that doesn’t already agree with them
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