The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill granting Washington, D.C., the capital city the status of a separate, 51st state. "There were 216 congressmen in favor and 208 against. As it follows from the text of the bill, the most part of the state territory will be named Douglas Commonwealth in honor of Frederick Douglass - the fighter for the rights of black Americans. The area around the White House would be recognized as a federal territory, it was said in the document.
This is the second time in a year that the House of Representatives has supported the idea of creating a new state. The first vote was held in June 2020, then the House also approved the idea of making Washington the 51st state, but the idea did not pass the Senate. In order to recognize Washington as a new state, the support of more than half of the House and 60 of the 100 senators is required. If the initiative passes, Washington would become the first new state to join the United States since Hawaii became a state in 1959.