Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Anna Lee Comments: 0

Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) speaks throughout a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee listening to on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Reuters)

Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) mentioned that the Structure must be amended to grant Washington, D.C., statehood, in feedback to the media on Friday.

Manchin cited findings by the Justice Division beneath presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, in addition to feedback by former lawyer common Robert F. Kennedy in 1963 following the passage of the twenty third Modification. That modification granted the District of Columbia electors within the Electoral Faculty, however stopped in need of making the town a state.

“Bobby Kennedy mentioned in 1963 that Congress and the states” selected to present Washington, D.C., electors however not statehood “within the type of a constitutional modification,” Manchin advised WVNews on Friday. “Therefore, it’s debatable that the selection can now be reconsidered solely by the use of one other constitutional modification.”

Manchin repeated the argument in a radio interview with West Virginia MetroNews’s Hoppy Kercheval.

Carter, Reagan, and Kennedy “all got here to the identical conclusion: If Congress desires to make D.C. a state, it ought to suggest a constitutional modification. It ought to suggest a constitutional modification and let the individuals of America vote,” Manchin mentioned.

Manchin’s place probably implies that Senate Democrats will be unable to advance a invoice handed by the Home that grants statehood to the nation’s capital metropolis. The Senate is presently tied between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris because the tie-breaking vote.

Voters within the District of Columbia lean closely Democratic, which means that granting the capital statehood would probably give Democrats two extra Senate seats in Congress.

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Zachary Evans is a information author for Nationwide Assessment On-line. He’s a veteran of the Israeli Protection Forces and a educated violist.

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