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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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