“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.

Proponents of DC statehood, together with President Joe Biden, need the federal district to grow to be America’s 51st state. Efforts to make it so in Congress have progressed additional than ever, with a DC statehood bill passing the House by a 216-208 vote in April.
Despite Democratic management of the Senate, the invoice requires 60 votes to pass — which implies 10 Republicans must signal on to the statehood measure if all Senate Democrats assist it. (And it is attainable not all of them would. Sen. Joe Manchin, for instance, has stated he opposes the statehood invoice in its current form.)

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.

Republican Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas not too long ago sponsored a bill to do just that. His measure would give DC’s residential areas to Maryland, whereas holding the National Mall and federal buildings underneath federal jurisdiction. Romney has additionally stated he’s open to Maryland absorbing Washington’s voters.

Washington, DC’s lone member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, stated retrocession, as proposed by Marshall, is a no-go.

“Retrocession would be inconsistent with the 2016 vote and the District’s pursuit of self-determination,” Norton said in a statement, citing a 2016 referendum the place 79% of DC residents voted in assist of statehood.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has said the same.

“DC voters have already said loud and clear that we do not want retrocession, we want statehood,” Bowser stated in a 2019 speech.


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