Democratic lawmaker Rep. Mondaire Jones withdrew remarks on the House floor during debate over making the District of Columbia the 51st state calling Republicans' arguments against allowing DC statehood "racist trash."
“One of my House Republican colleagues said that DC shouldn’t be a state because the district doesn’t have a landfill,” Jones said.
”My goodness, with all the racist trash my colleagues have brought to this debate I can see why they're worried about having a place to put it."
Republican lawmakers quickly objected to Jones' words. Eventually, he agreed to withdraw them, but added: "These desperate objections are about fear..."
The House on Thursday (April 22) narrowly voted, for the second time in less than a year, to make DC the 51st state, sending it to the Senate where it faces stiff Republican opposition.
By a vote of 216-208, the Democratic-controlled House approved the initiative with no Republican support.
The population of Washington, D.C., is heavily Democratic. As a state, it likely would elect two Democratic senators, potentially altering the balance of power in the Senate, which now has 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans.
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