The House of Representatives (lower house of the US Parliament - Congress) on Friday, June 26, supported the bill to grant the US capital Washington the status of a separate state. 232 congressmen voted for the decision, against - 180, CNN reports.
The bill was supported primarily by Democrats (with the exception of one), and representatives of the Republican Party spoke out against.
According to the bill, the territory of the city of Washington is limited to a small area with federal buildings (in particular, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Congress building and the like). The remaining cities acquire the status of a separate, fifty-first American state.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, representative of the Democratic Party, the author of the bill, claims that the formation of a separate state has political and demographic justification.
For the bill to acquire legal force, it must be voted in the Senate, and then President must sign it.
Note that the US already has the state of Washington, it is located on the west coast, while the US capital (the official name is Washington, District of Columbia) is on the east. Now Washington city is not part of any state.
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