June 26, 2020 / 6:54 PM / 11 days ago

House approves bill to make Washington, D.C. 51st U.S. state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill that would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state of the United States in a historic vote of 232 to 180.

The Senate is unlikely to take up the bill, as Republicans - including President Donald Trump - are opposed to granting statehood to the federal district, which they predict would elect Democrats to Congress.

Reporting by Makini Brice and Richard Cowan; Edited by Chizu Nomiyama

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