The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, but the bill faces insurmountable opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate. (June 26)
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON: As we approach July 4th, it is long past time to apply the nation's oldest slogan-- no taxation without representation-- and the principle of consent of the governed to District of Columbia residents. HR 51 would do so, and Congress has both the moral obligation and the constitutional authority to pass the bill.
MO BROOKS: If offered, I will vote to return residential portions of DC to Maryland, thus giving DC citizens the power to vote on Maryland's two US senators. That option is consistent with historical precedents. But I will never vote to give a single, middling-sized city the same political power as one of America's great 50 states.
- Pursuant to Section 3 of House Resolution 965, the yeas and nays are ordered. Members will record their votes by electronic device.
- There being 232 votes in the affirmative, 180 votes in the negative, the District of Columbia statehood bill, HR 51, is passed without objection. Motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.