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D.C. Statehood Bill Passes House, Likely to Stall in Senate

  • Capital city has only non-voting representation in Congress
  • Republicans call it unconstitutional power grab by Democrats
The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, sending it to the Senate, where opposition from Republicans and the focus on other priorities are likely to leave it stalled.

The bill, H.R. 51, was passed 216-208 with only Democrats voting in favor.