Democrats continue their election year publicity stunts knowing ballots start to be cast three months from now by mail
Early this afternoon, the House of Representatives passed on a party line vote of 232-180, H.R. 51 which is legislation authorizing the division of the 69 square miles of the District of Columbia with 3 square miles encompassing the Washington Mall, the Capitol and the White House, and the remaining 66 square miles to be designated the state of “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth” (state of Washington, D.C.).
Predictable talking points of Democrats disguising their blatant power grab covered fully here, with Republicans arguing accurately this legislation is unconstitutional.
Right before the vote, Congressman Sean Casten tweeted the following in support of the legislation. He did not speak during the morning debate:
“While recent weeks have brought to light many things our history books left out, one thing we ALL learned was Taxation Without Representation.
“Yet D.C. residents pay the highest per capita federal income tax & contribute more in fed. income tax than residents of 22 states.”Congressman Sean Casten tweet prior to voting on H.R. 51
Prior to the final vote, Republicans introduced a Motion to Recommit (MTR) which would require conditions for the new state, including it could not be a sanctuary state. It was voted down by the Democrats, but 8 Democrats voted with the Republicans, while 3 Republicans voted with the Democrats.
And on final passage, here’s the grid:
All of the Democrats, either physically present or by proxy, voted for final passage, with the exception of Congressman Collin Peterson (D, MN-07), who voted with the Republicans and the Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03).
As discussed in Tuesday’s McHenry County Blog article, this legislation will likely go nowhere in the U.S. Senate, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, knowing the legislation in unconstitutional will not waste the Senate’s time on this issue, regardless of all of the “Taxation without Representation” platitudes put on it.
Democrats know their only hope for this legislation to pass (only to be struck down in the courts) is with a Democrat clean-sweep in the elections (Presidency, House and Senate control), which was the purpose of this legislation.