Sen. Susan Collins supports DC joining Maryland instead of DC statehood
May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Sen. Susan Collins is the latest Republican with an alternative suggestion for Washington, DC's push for statehood: Join another state.
(CNN)Sen. Susan Collins is the latest Republican with an alternative suggestion for Washington, DC's push for statehood: Join another state.
"That would give the residents of DC a new House member, and they would be represented in the Senate by Maryland senators," Collins said.
Washington, DC currently has more than 700,000 residents and no voting members of Congress or representation in the Senate.
Republicans have been critical of Democrats' support of statehood for Washington DC, calling it a power grab to tip the Senate's balance of power toward Democrats, given the district's reliably blue voting record.
Efforts to make it so in Congress have progressed further than ever, with a DC statehood bill passing the House by a 216-208 vote in April.
Washington, DC's lone member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, said retrocession, as proposed by Marshall, is a no-go.
"Retrocession would be inconsistent with the 2016 vote and the District's pursuit of self-determination," Norton said in a statement, citing a 2016 referendum where 79% of DC residents voted in support of statehood.