On April 14, a U.S. House committee will hold its first vote in 2021 on making Washington, D.C. the 51st U.S. state.

This comes less than a year after the House voted to grant D.C. statehood in June of last year, by a margin of 232 votes for and 180 against. It was, the New York Times reported, “the first time a chamber of Congress has approved establishing the nation’s capital as a state.”

Look at the vote breakdown, though, and you’ll see the challenges ahead for statehood advocates:

Andrew Lautz

Writing about policy, politics, baseball, and more. Born/raised in CT. Proud D.C. resident. Raisin Bran Crunch enthusiast. Always tired.

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