“There is a way to ensure that the residents of DC have voting representation in Congress, and that is for DC to become part of Maryland, just as parts of DC became parts of Virginia many years ago,” the Maine Republican advised Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“That would give the residents of DC a new House member, and they would be represented in the Senate by Maryland senators,” Collins stated.
Washington, DC at present has greater than 700,000 residents and no voting members of Congress or illustration within the Senate. It has one non-voting delegate within the House. Republicans have been crucial of Democrats’ assist of statehood for Washington DC, calling it an influence seize to tip the Senate’s steadiness of energy towards Democrats, given the district’s reliably blue voting file.
Instead, reasonable GOPers — like Collins and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who would possible be wanted for that vote to go the Senate — have begun to again efforts to provide the district’s voters illustration by retrocession, or absorbing them into one other state, somewhat than creating a wholly new state.
Washington, DC’s lone member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, stated retrocession, as proposed by Marshall, is a no-go.
“DC voters have already said loud and clear that we do not want retrocession, we want statehood,” Bowser stated in a 2019 speech.