(Liberty Bell) – On Friday, House Democrats approved legislation that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C.
Yes, even though they claim that imperative racial justice policies must be passed as the deadly pandemic rages around our nation, they are still trying to worm their way into two extra Senate seats in the otherwise Republican-controlled upper chamber.
Only one Democrat opposed the bill, amazingly and obviously, it is destined to fain in the Republican-controlled Senate.
D.C. residents have long been hoping for voting representation in Congress but Friday marked the first time that a measure relating to providing them with this right was successful in either chamber in Congress.
The Blaze notes that currently, “residents in the nation’s capital are represented only by a delegate — Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton — and are allotted three Electoral College votes via the 23rd Amendment.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called out the Democrats for why they’re really after D.C. statehood following Friday’s vote, however.
He explained that the Democrats are only supporting statehood for the capital because it would help them secure two more senators.
If they were allotted statehood, they would most certainly elect Democrats, as the city is notably deep blue.
The Blaze notes that, in the modern era, the city has only ever elected Democrat mayors.
What’s more, Cruz explained, the legislation passed Friday will be dead in the water as it would require a constitutional amendment to achieve statehood for D.C.
“The House bill fails bc DC statehood requires a constl amendment,” Cruz explained. “Just politics: every Dem supports bc you want 2 more Dem senators.”
Cruz also took a swipe at Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) of Virginia, asking how he’d feel about Virginia being forced to return Arlington, the city that borders D.C., to the capital.
Arlington is a deep-blue city and was once part of D.C.
Cruz also rebutted Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), explaining that D.C. statehood may be bad news for his political career if Virginia had to return Arlington — the northern Virginia city that borders D.C. — to the nation’s capital. Arlington is a heavily Democratic city, and was once a part of D.C.
“Am curious, would you still support if VA had to give Arlington back to DC? W/o northern VA, Virginia would likely return to 2 GOP senators….” he wrote.
The House bill fails bc DC statehood requires a constl amendment.
Just politics: every Dem supports bc you want 2 more Dem senators.
Am curious, would you still support if VA had to give Arlington back to DC? W/o northern VA, Virginia would likely return to 2 GOP senators…. https://t.co/bapao1NVKo
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 27, 2020
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