This week the Senate is beginning to consider whether or not Washington, D.C. should become the 51st state.
The House already passed a bill that would radically change D.C.’s status on a party-line vote, but as of now, support for D.C. statehood in the upper chamber falls far short of the sixty votes needed to clear the Senate, and not all Democrats are supporting it yet either.
“Right now, proponents of this legislation don’t even have 50 votes in the Senate for it to pass,” claimed Heritage Foundation legal fellow Zack Smith.
Smith believes it’s unconstitutional to change D.C.’s status through simple legislation.
“Because the District of Columbia owes its existence to a separate constitutional provision, it’s unique, no other state has been like it and a constitutional amendment would be required to change its status,” explained Smith.
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