The House has passed a bill to make D.C. the 51st state from a pure party line vote of 216 to 208.
All Republicans rejected the H.R 51 statehood bill.
“Statehood for the District of Columbia is about showing respect for our democracy,” Pelosi argued.
“It’s well past the time to grant them the rights that they have been fighting for and that they deserve,” she added.
Democrat Mondaire Jones accused Republicans of opposing the bill due to racism.
“I have had enough of my colleagues’ racist insinuations that somehow that people of Washington, D.C., are incapable or even unworthy of our democracy,” Jones said while speaking on the Floor.
“One Senate Republican said that D.C. wouldn’t be a ‘well-rounded, working-class state.’ I had no idea there were so many syllables in the word White,” he continued.
“One of my House Republican colleagues said that D.C. shouldn’t be a state because the district doesn’t have a landfill. My goodness, with all the racist trash my colleagues have brought to this debate, I can see why they’re worried about having a place to put it,” he added.