On June 26th, the House of Representatives voted to declare the city to be the nation’s 51st state, a legislative milestone that supporters say begins to right historical wrongs. The vote comes as the country grapples with systemic racism that officials in the nation’s capital say has led to the disenfranchisement of their 700,000 residents.
This is the second time since the establishment of the District of Columbia 230 years ago that the House voted for statehood. The first time was in 1993, and the bill failed 277 to 153. This time, the legislation had 227 co-sponsors and passed 232 to 180, with 19 members not voting. A companion bill in the Senate is co-sponsored by 39 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
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