Democrats’ long-shot odds to pass legislation that would make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state got a little longer on Friday.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that he opposes unilateral action by Congress to make the nation’s capital a state and that he believes it needs to be done through a constitutional amendment. He said prior Republican and Democratic administrations thought the same thing.
“They all came to the same conclusion. If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment,” Manchin said in an interview with the West Virginia MetroNews radio network.
“It should propose a constitutional amendment and let the people of America vote.”
Earlier this month, the House passed a bill along party lines to make the District of Columbia a state with one representative and two senators, while a tiny sliver of land including the White House, the