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Washington, D.C.—Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 51, the D.C. Admission Act, which would grant statehood to the District of Columbia:

“H.R. 51 is unconstitutional as it does not rescind the 23rd Amendment, which give the areas known as ‘The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States” a number of electors of President equal to if it were a state. If this bill becomes law, the new state will have three Presidential electors and the Federal areas that has the White House and the Capitol will have three additional Presidential electors. Further, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 gives Congress the authority over Washington, D.C. and H.R. 51 violates this intent. The reality is this is a liberal political power grab with the goal of adding two more Democrats to the Senate.”