Bill would make D.C. the 51st state

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- Several members of the U.S. Senate have co-sponsored a bill to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state.

According to a release, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act would establish congressional boundaries for the 51st state and grant resident representation in Congress.

“It's time to end taxation without representation,” said Senator Mark Warner. “It's time for Virginia's neighbors, who pay their fair share in taxes, to be treated like any other American.”

“Virginia's neighbors in D.C. deserve representation just like every other American,” said Senator Tim Kaine. “It's far past time to recognize D.C. as our nation's 51st state and grant hundreds of thousands of taxpaying Americans this fundamental right.”

Senator Tom Carper of Delaware is the third original co-sponsor of the bill.

In November 2016, residents of D.C. voted to petition the federal government to become a state. That same referendum approved a name, constitution and boundaries defining the new state as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Norton Holmes has introduced a companion bill.

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