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H.J.Res. 42: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that a new State may only be admitted into the Union upon a vote of two-thirds of each House of Congress.


The text of the resolution below is as of Apr 21, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this resolution

Should a bare majority be sufficient to make the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico new states?

Context

The House of Representatives approved statehood for Washington, D.C., also known as the District of Columbia, by a party-line 216–208 vote in April. Despite Democratic control of the Senate, the bill’s path there is less certain because of Democratic holdouts such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Another House bill to grant Puerto Rico statehood has attracted 67 bipartisan cosponsors, mostly Democrats. President Biden has expressed his support, though he added that the measure should only be enacted if Puerto Ricans themselves support it, which they narrowly did in a ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 42

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 21, 2021

(for himself, Mrs. Hinson, Mr. Moore of Alabama, Mr. Rice of South Carolina, and Mr. Duncan) submitted the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that a new State may only be admitted into the Union upon a vote of two-thirds of each House of Congress.

That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

A new State may only be admitted into the Union upon a vote of two-thirds of each House of Congress.

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