GOP Rep. Unloads On Democrats For Their Latest Power Grab

Washington, DC - February 27, 2017: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak to a joint press conference at the National Press Club

Democrats have been pushing for years to have the District of Columbia officially recognized as the 51st state in America.

Last week, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted 216-208 to pass a bill that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C.

During an interview on Newsmax, Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert revealed the sneaky reason Democrats did this: unlimited power grab.

Gohmert said Democrats’ push for statehood for D.C. is based on an argument of “no taxation without representation.”

“They’re right: This should not be taxation without representation,” Gohmert told “Saturday Report,” noting other U.S. territories like Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not pay federal income tax because they do not elect a full voting representative.

“When I realized that, I filed a bill that would eliminate federal income tax for people in the District of Columbia,” he added to host Carl Higbie. “But even Eleanor Holmes Norton will not sign on to my bill, and no Democrats will.”

“So, Carl, when you hear Democrats say, ‘You either support D.C. being a state or your for taxation without representation’: Wrong, the Democrats that do not support my bill, they are for taxation without representation,” Gohmert added to Higbie. “If they were not, they would get on my bill.”

“So the Democrats are supporting taxation without representation, not Republicans,” he added.


H.R. 51, otherwise known as the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, would give the district two senators and a voting representative in the House.

The new state would be called “Washington, Douglas Commonwealth” in honor of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
It would exclude federal buildings and monuments, and federal territory would be known as the Capital.

Under the plan, the 51st state would be called “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth,” named for Frederick Douglass.

The state would consist of 66 of the 68 square miles of the present-day federal district.

Washington, D.C is as a reliably Democrat as California, Washington State, New York City, and other big cities.

Making the nation’s capital a state would give the Democrats two more Senate seats and one more representative in the House.

It is about giving the Democrats more power, no matter what they say to make it sound like a good idea.

Here’s the good news: it’s highly unlikely the bill will ever pass in the Senate.

The U.S. Senate is split 50-50.

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With the legislative filibuster still in place, the statehood bill would require 60 votes in the Senate to advance.

Democrats would need to vote with a simple majority — all 50 Senate Democrats plus Kamala Harris breaking the tie as the vice president — to end the filibuster.