Dems launch longshot bid for DC statehood, rarely heard, as Republicans hammer the local corruption

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, left, top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, aired concerns about the recent scandals DC city officials. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has the sponsorship for a DC statehood.

House Democrats, who are in their first hearing on DC statehood in more than 25 years, on Thursday pleaded for the District of Columbia, the country’s 51st state, expressed as a Republican concerns about the recent corruption scandals with the involvement of the local DC officials.

Critics of D.C. statehood have long cited local corruption as a reason to oppose the rule of law.

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said he wanted to dive hear on Thursday to the ongoing scandal in DC Councilman Jack Evans.


Evans resigned from his role as Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board this summer after an internal investigation found that he has not revealed, a profitable conflict of interest. But Committee Democrats, denied his request, he said.

“Unfortunately, the allegations against Mr. Evans are just the last in a series of local DC political scandals,” said Jordan, a tick implicated several former DC city officials, in the past scandals. “We cannot and should not ignore unpleasant facts.”

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the sponsor of the DC statehood bill and the circle of the non-voting house of representative pushed back against the argument.

“The allegations against Mr. Evans have nothing to do with DC statehood,” she said.

Flags fly at sunset with 51 instead of the usual 50 stars, Pennsylvania Ave., of a display in support of statehood for the District of Columbia, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The DC statehood bill has more than 200 co-sponsors and the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority Leader Steny Hoyer, both Democrats. No Republicans in Congress have signed up to the legislation.

The bill calls for district-wide elections, two senators and a Congressman. It says that all of the district area would be included in the Declaration to cease and desist, save for the specific exclusions from Federal buildings and monuments, such as the White house and the Capitol.

Democrats argued for the rule of law is necessary because DC residents lack adequate representation in Congress.

“DC residents have all the obligations of citizenship, but they have no congressional voting rights and limited self-government,” the democratic Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, said in a prepared statement, which was read by Holmes Norton in the hearing.

Republicans said the authors of the Constitution intended for the nation’s capital to a Federal district.

“This is not what the founding fathers intended,” said Jordan. “You have understood, and carefully worked out, the Constitution that the seat of the Federal government was deliberately and expressly not in a state.”

If DC were to become a state, the Democrats would probably have two new senators and a Congressman — to win a reality that has played out in the political motivations that are behind the support or Opposition.

Republican Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, vowed, against the statehood bill.

Speaking of Fox News’ Laura Ingraham this summer, McConnell said, Democrats want to rule DC state, “two new Democratic senators can” and said: “as long as I’m the majority leader in the Senate, nothing of this stuff everywhere.”

Even if the law is passed by Congress, it would almost certainly be challenged in court, with some scholars saying it would be implemented in an amendment to the Constitution. 23 Amendment currently gives the DC the right to vote for the President.

To be “for the district, fifty-first state, you must pass the Congress and the States must ratify, an amendment to the Constitution,” said Jordan.


DC mayor Muriel E. Bowser and DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson – both Democrats – testified in support of the bill, with Roger Pilon of the libertarian Cato Institute, speaks in opposition.

In a controversial move, prior to trial, the city of DC over 140 American flags ordered with an extra star to represent DC were shown The flags through the city along Pennsylvania Avenue. Bowser led a caravan in the direction of the US to symbolize the Capitol on Monday, the city, the fight for the Congress the right to vote.

The Washington Post reported that mayor’s spokeswoman LaToya Foster said the event and the flags cost about $31,200, the aside came from the $1 million, the city, the legislature, the fight for a Palestinian state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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