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Breaking: House Votes 216-208 To Make Washington, Dc The 51St State

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House Democrats have successfully passed a bill that would make Washington DC a state, 216-208. 

The bill will be heading to the Senate for another vote.

From cnn.com

(CNN) — The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass a bill that would grant statehood to Washington, DC, a Democratic priority that faces obstacles to final passage even with the party now in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House.

The legislation now faces an uphill fight in the Senate, where it is unlikely to get enough Republican support to clear a 60-vote threshold for passage.

HR 51 was introduced by Democratic Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC’s nonvoting House member and a longtime advocate for statehood.

“With HR 51, Congress is taking a significant step to enfranchise the people of DC and empower them to participate fully in our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the legislation on Wednesday. “Again, we’re excited that we will pass it. We will celebrate, and we hope that momentum will help it pass in the Senate so that the President can sign it into law,” the California Democrat said.

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