Who is Washington DC named after?

Will Washington D.C. the 51st state in the USA?

The initiative was accepted by the democratic majority in the House of Representatives. But it is likely to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The US capital district District of Columbia (D.C.) is to become the 51st state in the US. The US House of Representatives in Washington has accepted a corresponding initiative. The bill was accepted by the democratic majority in the larger parliamentary chamber with 232 to 180 votes. However, it is likely to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The District of Columbia was created from parts of the states of Virginia and Maryland after the founding of the USA and is under direct federal administration. The residents of the US capital may vote in presidential elections, but have no representation in the two chambers of the US Parliament.

"Washington, Douglass Commonwealth"

According to the will of the House of Representatives, this should now change and Washington D.C. become the 51st state of the USA under the name "Washington, Douglass Commonwealth" (Washington State, Douglass). He is said to be named after the US President George Washington and the first leader of the African American, Frederick Douglass. The buildings of the federal administration such as the White House or the Congress, but also the National Mall with its federal museums and monuments remained as an enclave under direct federal administration.

The last expansion of the United States to date occurred in 1959 when Hawaii and Alaska became states. For decades, the Spanish-speaking US suburb of Puerto Rico has been grappling with the question of whether it should become the 51st state in the USA. In Washington D.C. there is no dilemma in this regard. The predominantly African American stronghold has been trying for four decades to become a part of the United States. The capital district invokes the battle cry of the independence movement from Great Britain, "No Taxation without Representation".

The Washington D.C. as a state could have a decisive impact on the majority in the Senate, where each state is represented by two senators. Currently, US President Donald Trump's Republicans have 53 of the 100 senators behind them. The two potential senators from Washington D.C. would most likely be Democrats.

Accordingly, the Republicans voted unanimously on Friday against the establishment of Washington D.C., and there should not even be a vote in the Senate. US President Trump has also spoken out against it.

An observer in the US House of Representatives

Washington D.C. represented by only one observer in the US House of Representatives. "Congress has two options: either it continues its undemocratic and autocratic power over 705,000 citizens who live in the capital of our country ... or it can live up to the promises and ideals of its country," said the mandate Eleanor Holmes Norton before voting.

The corona crisis has sparked renewed displeasure with the district's status because it only received $ 500 million in federal aid, while the 50 states each received $ 1.2 billion. The decision of US President Trump to send the National Guard onto the streets of Washington against the will of Mayor Muriel Bowser during the anti-racism protests also caused trouble.

(APA / Reuters)