DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took has taken a further step.

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to make the nation’s capital the 51st state.

That’s the easy part, though. Now the proposal faces a far tougher fight in the Senate, where simple Democratic control of the chamber won’t be enough, and where full party-line unity among Democrats is no guarantee.

The legislation proposes creating a 51st state with one representative and two senators, while a tiny sliver of land including the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall would remain as a federal district.

The new state would be known as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth — named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

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