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Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said in a radio interview on Friday that he did not support the Washington state bill.

Why is this important: Without Manchin’s backing in the tightly divided Senate, the bill, which passed in the House last week, is unlikely to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to send it to President Biden’s office.

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  • DC’s statehood is a priority for Democrats, who call it a civil rights issue that would liberate the city’s black plurality.

  • Republicans say the measure is an unconstitutional takeover.

What he says: “If Congress wants to make DC a state, it should come up with a constitutional amendment … and let the American people vote,” Manchin told Hoppy Kercheval of West Virginia MetroNews.

  • Action by Congress would likely lead to a Supreme Court challenge, he noted.

  • “All the legal scholars have told us that, so why not do it the right way and let people vote to see if they want to change?”

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