House Passes Bill To Make Washington DC A State, But Senate Will Not Touch It

Written by Carmine Sabia

The Democrat Party has never allowed the Constitution to stand in the way of a good, old fashioned, power grab and they likely never will.

On Friday the Democrat led House voted to make Washington, DC the 51st state in a move that they cannot possibly do sans a Constitutional Amendment, The Washington Examiner reported.

They gave a bunch of reasons that sounded noble and patriotic but the facts are much simpler than they would have you believe.

Washington D.C is as a reliably Democrat as California, Washington State, New York City and other big cities.

Making the nation’s capital a state would give the Democrats two more Senate seats and one more representative in the House.

It is about giving the Democrats more power, no matter what they say to make it sound like a good idea.

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie said Twitter prior to the vote that he would not be voting in favor of DC statehood, calling it “unconstitutional.”

“I’ll be voting no on the farcical DC statehood bill,” he said. “It’s unconstitutional. The Constitution prescribes a federal city, and the 23rd amendment gives DC 3 presidential electors. Statehood for DC requires a Constitutional amendment, not a simple bill.”

In an interview with the New York Post, President Donald Trump said that Republicans would have to be “stupid” to allow it to happen.

“DC will never be a state,” he said. “You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.”

“They want to do that so they pick up two automatic Democrat — you know it’s 100 percent Democrat, basically — so why would the Republicans ever do that? That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do. You understand that, right?” he said.

“Why don’t you just take two senators and put them in there? No, it’s not gonna happen. And how many House seats is it? Like four, three or four? Whatever it is. You’d have three or four more congressmen and two more senators, every single day of every single year. And it would never change. No, the Republicans would never do that,” he said.

And Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has indicated that the Senate will not even entertain the bill, calling it “full-bore socialism,” Politico reported.

The framers of the Constitution expressly designated that the United States capital should not be a state and the only way to change that would be a Constitutional Amendment, not a bill.

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution says “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of Government of the United States.”

In Federalist 43 James Madison explained the reasoning behind the provision as he called the arrangement an “indispensable necessity.”

“The indispensable necessity of complete authority at the seat of government, carries its own evidence with it,” he said.

“Without it, not only the public authority might be insulted and its proceedings interrupted with impunity; but a dependence of the members of the general government on the State comprehending the seat of the government, for protection in the exercise of their duty, might bring on the national councils an imputation of awe or influence, equally dishonorable to the government and dissatisfactory to the other members of the Confederacy,” he said.

In other words, Democrats can have all the votes they want. If they do not get a Constitutional Amendment DC statehood is not going to happen.

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