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Washington DC faces House vote to become the 51st state

Posted at 9:35 AM, Jun 17, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it an issue that transcends domestic politics, Democrats controlling the House have slated a vote next week to make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

It's a cause they say has become far more important in the aftermath of protests for racial justice in both Washington and across the nation.

Next Friday’s vote, if successful, would pass a D.C. statehood bill for the first time in the House, but the legislation faces insurmountable opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate.

The administration move to use federal forces to clear peaceful protesters so President Donald Trump could walk to a nearby church for a photo op two weeks ago prompted Democratic leaders to schedule the vote.