Although this point has historically had considerable support for democracy in the Senate. But it would not have been successful without Manchin’s support in a closely divided chamber and with the existence of lawmakers, which needed 60 votes to pass the law.
Some Democrats who supported the bill admitted that it was not the top priority and said they were taking a more beneficial approach and focusing on issues such as infrastructure.
Before the council voted on Thursday’s bill, which went 216-208, Manshin had said he. “Still talking about it,” and he has many other things going on.
In a radio interview, he said that since then he has “dived deep”; with his staff, looking at the Justice Department’s conclusions under the Carter and Reagan administration, as well as comments from Robert. Kennedy attorney general at that time They all decided that being a DC state would require constitutional amendments, he said.
Manchin cited the 23rd Amendment, which gave DC residents the right to vote, including a vote from the Electoral College, something that complicated the path to statehood as lawmakers at the time chose. Will not agree with this concept He added that a parliamentary action would likely result in a challenge to the Supreme Court.
“All legal scholars have told us so, why not do it the right way and have people vote to see if they want to change,” he said.
Dale Eleanor Holmes Norton (DD.C.), a supporter of the legislation as DC’s only voice on Capitol Hill, said Congress could give DC’s statehood by Not having to cancel the 23rd Amendment – something Manchin clearly didn’t claim – and it gets in full. Authority to do so
“Such insistence is coming together in choosing policy and constitutional requirements,” she said in a statement on Friday.