Manchin says he won’t support a bill to make Washington D.C. the 51st state.

Speaking to West Virginia’s MetroNews in a Friday morning radio interview, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin said he won’t support a bill making Washington D.C. the 51st state.

“If Congress wants to make D. C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment. It should propose a constitutional amendment and let the people of America vote,” Manchin said.

With an evenly split Senate and VP Harris as the potential tiebreaker any defection from Democrat Senators is devastating as it is highly unlikely any Republican will support D.C. statehood.