Friday, June 26, 2015
DC statehood amendment would establish "New Columbia" as a state with most of DC except federal enclave
Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) has introduced a bill, a companion to H.R. 317, that would lead to a constitutional amendment establishing a 51st State, New Columbia, including all of the commercial and residential areas of Washington DC, excluding only an enclave of federal buildings, including the Capitol, White House, Mall and major monuments. The DC Statehood site is here.
That would allow two Senators (I can imagine debating it down to one as a compromise) and representatives in the House.
The entry for HR 317, offered by Eleanor Holmes Norton, is here. It is the New Columbia Admission Act.
Current voting rights, according to the Constitution, would not allow Norton to vote.