The Senate's 50 Democrats (and Kamala Harris) have the power make the District of Columbia a state if they want to.…
DC statehood would also need a majority in the House of course but that should be doable. The House passed a DC statehood bill last year with every Democrat voting yes except Colin Peterson. Peterson lost his seat in November.…
Joe Manchin, previously one of the Senate's strongest Demodratic holdouts, now says he's open to DC statehood: "I don’t know enough about that yet. I want to see the pros and cons."…
After last week I don't want to see anyone claiming that we shouldn't give me and my neighbors representation in Congress because doing so would be too "divisive" or would be a "power grab."

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