Washington, D.C. – In the ongoing effort to make Washington, D.C. a state. The House of Representatives has approved a bill to make D.C. the 51st state, and also to rename in honor of slave abolitionist, Fredrick Douglass.
The Associated Press is reporting the House of Representatives approved the statehood of Washington, D.C. on Thursday. The bill was passed 216-208 and moves on to the Senate for approval. The bill proposes that D.C. will have one House rep and two Senate reps. A similar statehood bill fell short in 2020.
If passed, The White House, the National Mall, and the U.S. Capital will remain as federal property. The current name of Washington, D.C. will be dropped and renamed as, “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth” Douglass resided in Washington, D.C. during his final years from 1877-1895.