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H.R. 472: District of Columbia-Maryland Reunion Act

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Is the measure an effective compromise between full D.C. statehood and maintaining the status quo?


Despite having a larger population than two actual states, Washington, D.C. is not a state. As such, the overwhelmingly Democratic area does not have any U.S. senators nor voting members of the House, though it maintains one nonvoting House member. The District does cast Electoral College votes for president, thanks to the 1961 ratification of the Twenty-Third Amendment.

In June 2020, the Democratic-led House voted for the first time to make D.C. a state, by 232–180. No Republicans voted in favor, and one Democrat voted against: former Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7). The bill never received a vote in the Senate, then controlled by Republicans.

With Democrats now having full control …

Sponsor and status

Dusty Johnson

Sponsor. Representative for South Dakota At Large. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 25, 2021
Length: 23 pages
Jan 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 25, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 25, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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25 Cosponsors (25 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 25, 2021

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H.R. 472 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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