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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Make Washington, DC 51 US State

© REUTERS / ALLISON SHELLEYA flag flies at half-mast at the Longworth House Office Building across from the U.S. Capitol building to honor slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2021
A flag flies at half-mast at the Longworth House Office Building across from the U.S. Capitol building to honor slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2021 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A group of US Senate Democrats led by Senator Tom Carper on Wednesday introduced legislation give Washington, DC statehood and make it the 51st state of the United States.

"Today, I'm proud to introduce #S51 to make DC the 51st state in our Union", Carper said via Twitter.

Carper said the measure seeks to give the residents of Washington, DC, who pay federal taxes but have no representatives in Congress, a voice, vote and representation on the Capitol Hill.

© AP Photo / Jacquelyn MartinBirds fly around the Peace Monument, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Make Washington, DC 51 US State - Sputnik International
Birds fly around the Peace Monument, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The US Constitution designates the nation’s capital as a federal district - the District of Columbia - without formal representation in Congress.

Democrats need the support of at least ten Republicans in the Senate to make Washington, DC a state. However, Republicans have said the effort seeks to expand Democratic interests on Capitol Hill.

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