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Sen. Cotton: Dems' DC Statehood Plot 'a Naked Power Grab'

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By    |   Thursday, 25 June 2020 05:18 PM

Democrats' plan to make Washington, D.C., a new state will not fly in the Republican-held Senate, particularly because it is merely another egregious "power grab," according to Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

"All my observations about the practical effects and constitutional obstacles give too much credit to what the Democrats are really up to: a naked power grab," Cotton said on the Senate floor Thursday.

"Democrats in Congress are advocating D.C. statehood against the will of the American people — including the will of Democratic voters, a majority of whom oppose D.C. statehood. Democratic politicians are pushing for this radically unpopular idea, not because it's a sound idea, but because they're angry that they don't win every election under the current rules.

"So they want to change the rules."

D.C. statehood would give the Democrats two more Senators because it votes decidedly Democrat, something that would turn the balance of control of the Senate away from Republicans under the current Congress.

"If you doubt this whole endeavor is about power, consider that the Democrats could just as easily call for retroceding the District of Columbia to Maryland," Collins continued. "This would give Washington residents the voting power in Congress that is supposedly at the heart of this matter: a voting member in the House and representation in the Senate.

"There's even historical precedent for retrocession, unlike turning the federal district into a state. But retrocession wouldn’t give the Democrats their real aim: two Democratic senators in perpetuity to rubber-stamp the Swamp's agenda. So you won't hear them talk about it."

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