Democrats may not be capable of retaking the Senate through legitimate means but are now pushing to move the goalposts in order to grab political power.
On Friday, the House Of Pelosi is set to pass a bill to make Washington D.C. the nation’s 51st state which would give the party two more U.S. Senators in an area that they have total control over.
It will be the first time that such a bill has been passed and the move flies in the face of the intent of the founding fathers who never intended for D.C. to become a state but rather a neutral area.
The bill would also shrink the area controlled by the federal government to the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court and other buildings around the National Mall.
Via The Hill, “House set for historic vote on DC statehood”:
The House is poised to pass legislation Friday that would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state, the first time such a bill has ever been approved.
The vote will be historic, as legislation to make Washington, D.C., a state has not even been brought to the floor since 1993, when it was soundly defeated.
Yet even if the legislation is approved on Friday, the passage will underscore the challenges the movement for D.C. statehood still faces.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has ruled out bringing the bill to the floor, and President Trump opposes it. If D.C. was a state, it would almost certainly add two Democratic senators and one Democratic lawmaker to the House given the city’s Democratic-leaning citizens.
Nonetheless, Friday’s vote will be a big milestone in a decades-long battle.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) argued in a Wednesday statement that the legislation is unconstitutional because it would violate the 23rd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gives the District of Columbia three votes in the Electoral College.
The OMB said that if the legislation were to pass Congress, Trump’s advisers would recommend that he veto the measure.
The bill proposed by Democrats does not eliminate the federal district, but shrinks it to a much smaller area that includes many of the buildings where the federal government conducts official business. Parts of Arlington and Alexandria Counties in northern Virginia were originally part of the District of Columbia until 1846 when Congress returned the land to the state of Virginia.
The OMB argues that the 23rd Amendment “would give the tiny population of individuals living within those borders the same voting power in the Electoral College as the smallest state in the country.”
Republican Senator Tom Cotton who is emerging as a new leader for the spineless GOP pointed out that despite the sanctimonious slop that Democrats are preaching, that it is nothing more than a naked power grab.
Cotton also tweeted out a Political article showing that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to giving even more power to the swamp.
For Democrats, it is the latest assault on the nation’s institutions along with eliminating the Electoral College, expanding the supreme court, vote-by-mail and as some have suggested, eliminating the Senate completely.
It is unlikely that Pelosi’s bill will make it through the Senate which still remains under Republican control but getting squishier by the day.
Next up? Puerto Rico.