The deliberations over the long-shot bill center on three Electoral College votes the Constitution gives to the seat of government.
The vote reflected broad support among Democrats. But Republican opposition could stall the measure in the Senate.
Proponents of granting statehood pointed to the riot on Jan. 6, when a botched federal response contributed to disastrous results, as the latest proof that the District of Columbia should be a state.
Washington’s representative in Congress urged the Capitol Police to allow sledding to continue on the complex’s heavily secured grounds.
District of Columbia statehood has long been out of reach. Proponents hope Democratic control of the federal government and the security issues raised over the past week could change that.
It has to be a priority.
People of all ages flocked on Saturday to the building in Washington, leaving flowers, posters and messages scrawled in chalk.
If you’re an officer of the law, dress like one. Leave the soldiering to soldiers.
It is the first time a chamber of Congress has approved establishing the nation’s capital as the 51st state. The measure is all but certain to die in the Republican-led Senate.
Democratic leaders announced a vote on June 26 on granting statehood to the District of Columbia, the first such action in more than 25 years.