April 22, 2021 •
U.S. House Passes Bill to Grant Washington , D.C. Statehood
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to make the District of Columbia the 51st state of the United States of America.
House Bill 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, would admit the District of Columbia into the union on an equal footing with the other states. If passed, the mayor of the District of Columbia would issue a proclamation for the first elections to Congress of two senators and one representative.
The state would consist of all District territory, with specified exclusions for federal buildings and monuments, including the principal federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building. District territory excluded from the commonwealth would be known as the Capital and be the seat of the federal government. The bill maintains the federal government’s authority over military lands and specified other property.
Additionally, the new state would be prohibited from imposing taxes on federal property except as Congress permits.
House Bill 51 refers to the new state’s name as “State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.” The bill also establishes the Statehood Transition Commission to advise the president, Congress, the District, and commonwealth leaders on the transition.
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