Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesDemocratic Joe Manchin of West Virginia looks on during U.S. President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Sen. Joe Manchin said Friday that he does not support the “Washington, D.C. Admission Act” to make the U.S. capital the 51st state that passed in the House last week.
The West Virginia Democrat told the West Virginia MetroNews radio network that the only way to make the District of Columbia a state is through a constitutional amendment, according to The Associated Press.
“If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment,” Manchin said.
“It should propose a constitutional amendment and let the people of America vote.”
Manchin is the first Democratic senator to come out in opposition to the statehood bill, Politico