Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has come out against legislation that would turn Washington, D.C., into the United States’ 51st state.
“If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment … and let the people of America vote,” Manchin stated in a Friday interview with MetroNews.
Manchin is the first Democrat senator to publicly express opposition to the bill. Every Republican senator is against it.
As Politico noted:
In the radio interview, he said that he had since taken a “deep dive” with his staff, looking at conclusions reached by the Justice Department under the Carter and Reagan administrations, as well as comments from then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy. They all determined that D.C. statehood would require a constitutional amendment, he said. Manchin cited the 23rd Amendment — which granted D.C. residents the right to vote, as well as Electoral College votes — as