The US may quickly be made up of 52 states as a substitute of fifty, in keeping with a number one political analyst. Chuck Todd, who’s NBC Information’ political director, predicted that each DC and Puerto Rico will win statehood inside the subsequent decade. He advised NBC’s At the moment programme: “I feel we’re going to see a brand new flag with two extra stars on it by the tip of this decade.”
This comes because the US Home of Representatives narrowly voted, for the second time in lower than a 12 months, to make the District of Columbia the 51st state.
The vote on Thursday noticed the Democratic-controlled Home approve the initiative with no Republican help by a vote of 216-208.
Nevertheless, it seems unlikely to go within the Senate the place it faces stiff Republican opposition.
The final time a brand new state was added to the union was 1959, when Alaska and Hawaii secured statehood.
Mr Todd advised NBC: “I do not assume DC has momentum this 12 months however this decade.
“I feel the trail to DC statehood goes by means of the Caribbean, goes by means of Puerto Rico.
“The motion for Puerto Rico statehood has been gaining momentum and that has some Republican allies.
“I spoke with the governor of Puerto Rico just a few months in the past and he needs to work with DC, with the identical individuals organising.
DC is closely Democratic and if granted statehood would doubtlessly shift the stability of energy within the US Senate.
The invoice would give DC one consultant and two senators.
Republicans have accused Democrats of utilizing DC statehood as a “energy seize” to advance a “far-left” agenda.
DC, with a inhabitants of round 700,000, has extra voters than that of the states of Wyoming and Vermont.