House Democrats rammed through a bill for DC Statehood with no Republican votes whatsoever. That’s the Democrats and Biden Administration’s definition of “bipartisan” and “unity.” Not to mention the whole thing may be unconstitutional, or at the very least unethical, and is the biggest Democrat power grab in recent memory. The vote was 216-208 strictly along party lines. It faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
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Washington DC is 76% Democrat, with only about 6% Republican out of its 700,000 residents. Such a state being given full representation in Congress would make it difficult for a GOP president to ever be elected.
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.” Article IV Section 3, Admissions Clause
Congress is given the power to add new states under the Constitution, although some believe the move is Constitutionally questionable. Past history would call it seriously out of line with the way things are normally done.
The Admissions Clause provides that admission of a state requires at least one Act of Congress. However, Congress has often followed a more complicated process. For many admitted states, Congress first passed an Enabling Act, which authorized the population of a territory to convene a constitutional convention to draft a constitution for the new proposed state, and to apply for admission to Congress. Often in the Enabling Act, Congress specified a range of conditions that the proposed state had to meet in order for admission to occur.constitution Center.org
The Democrat party, in jamming through DC Statehood, is attempting to grab power from the Republicans by bringing 2 more Democrat Senators on board (“equal footing?”). Currently the Senate is evenly divided with 50 senators for each party. Two more Democrats would offset that balance, and make it difficult to overcome in any future election. Democrats want to add Puerto Rico, also Democrat stronghold as well. But the way they are going about their power grab is most assuredly not a “bipartisan” effort.
The Framers also thought so which is why they put into place a system of elected officials chosen by the people to represent them. Biden would like to replace that with claiming that Republicans support him in a poll so he can eliminate the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, add Puerto Rico, D.C., and his family home as states, and rule a one-party state…
…If ‘infrastructure’ or ‘bipartisanship’ mean whatever Biden says it does, then he’s an absolute dictator, and reality means whatever lying, dog-faced pony soldier decides it does this week…
…And bipartisanship means everything except elected officials from two parties working together.Daniel Greenfield
Washington DC is not represented in Congress, except by a non-voting envoy, which means they are “taxed without representation.” Democrats are howling that it is an unjust situation and both DC and Puerto Rico need to be represented with full rights. By tearing apart the entire process and jamming DC statehood through Congress, Democrats are revealing their true colors: tyrannical fools.
In the Senate, the process will depend upon preserving the filibuster. If a filibuster occurs, it requires 60 votes to receive “cloture” – if it doesn’t get to that threshold it’s likely to be postponed. Which is why Republicans do not want to lose the filibuster and Dems are pushing to remove it. But that only works for whoever is actually in control of the Senate, in the past, Democrats wanted to keep it when the GOP was in control. If the filibuster is lost, then the threshold for passing any bill is dropped to 51.
DC statehood is an incredibly divisive issue – and wouldn’t be so, if the city wasn’t full of left wing Democrats.
Featured photo: screenshot via CNBC of Delegate Eleanor Holmes addressing Congress. (article cross posted on Conservative Firing Line.)
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