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House passes bill that would grant statehood to Washington D.C.

The vote passed 216-208.

Updated: April 22, 2021 - 1:20pm

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The Democrat-controlled House on Thursday voted along party lines to pass a bill that would grant Washington, D.C., statehood.

The bill H.R. 51, The Washington D.C. Admission Act passed in a 216-208 vote and now heads to the Senate where Democrats are likely to have a hard time reaching the 60-vote threshold to pass.

"With HR 51, Congress is taking a significant step to enfranchise the people of DC and empower them to participate fully in our democracy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, according to CNN. "Again, we're excited that we will pass it. We will celebrate, and we hope that momentum will help it pass in the Senate so that the President can sign it into law."

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