Nancy Pelosi suffered a huge loss from one place she never expected
Nancy Pelosi has ruled the House of Representatives with an iron fist since regaining the Speaker’s gavel.
What Pelosi wants, she gets.
But Nancy Pelosi suffered a huge loss from one place she never expected.
One of the Democrats’ most blatant power gabs is trying to pass legislation to make Washington, D.C. the nation’s 51st state.
That would grant the Democrats two permanent Senate seats and tilt the playing field decidedly against Republicans ever winning a Senate majority again.
However, Pelosi’s moment of triumph was obscured by one simple fact: Democrats don’t even have 50 votes in the Senate to pass D.C. statehood.
1-Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who co-sponsored D.C. statehood legislation the last go around: “I supported D.C. statehood so I haven’t really studied this bill enough to know whether I’m going to sponsor it or not.”
2-Sen. Angus King (I-Maine): “I’m not signed on yet. I’m still sort of pondering it. There are just other issues that I’m more engaged in at this point. I haven’t really dug into it.”
3-Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.): “We’re just still discussing it. I haven’t really gotten into any of that — I have so much other stuff going on.”
4-Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.): “Like a lot of things like this, I want to see the details. This is pretty straightforward, but in general I feel that every American has a right to representation in the United States Congress. And there are a lot of folks that live here in D.C. There are a lot of options to do that … I think our democracy is best served when folks have representation in the United States Congress.”
There is also Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), another mod, who hasn’t weighed in on this issue.
To pass D.C. statehood, Democrats would first have to eliminate the legislative filibuster, which would require the entire 50 member Democrat caucus to remain united.
Then Democrats would need all 50 of their Senators to remain united again to pass D.C. statehood on a party line vote.
This new report makes it clear Democrats are woefully short of that goal.
Democrats are loath to vote for a partisan power grab bill that many argue is unconstitutional.
Article 1, Section 8 grants Congress power over the District of Columbia because the founders did not want the seat of government to be held at the mercy of an individual state.
In addition, the 23rd Amendment already grants the District of Columbia three electoral college votes as a permanent entity of a certain size.
“The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State,” the 23rd Amendment reads.
Nancy Pelosi may whine about the filibuster being what’s stopping the Senate from passing D.C. statehood.
But in reality, the Democrats don’t even have the votes in their own caucus to pass this power grab.