D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sparred with GOP lawmakers in a congressional hearing on Monday over the arguments on turning the city into the 51st state, as Democrats called for representation in Congress and Republicans dismissed the calls as politically driven.
The clashes come as Democrats are pushing the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which would grant the District of Columbia statehood.
Democrats say the residents of D.C. deserve to vote in Congress. Republicans decry the push as a political ploy from liberals to try to get two Democratic senators and a voting House member in the left-wing city. Washington’s elected representative to the House, Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, does not have voting representation that is afforded to other United States lawmakers.
“We are here to demand that the 220-year history of us not being represented in the capital of our country be corrected,” Bowser said during the House Oversight Committee and Reform Committee hearing.
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