McConnell has said the bill would not pass the Republican-held chamber.
People were also angry that Washington, D.C., received $500 million from the government during the pandemic, as opposed to the $1.2 billion given to each of the 50 states, according to Reuters.
But as a result, it has not benefited from the same rights as neighboring Maryland and Virginia and others farther afield.
"Congress has two choices: it can continue to exercise undemocratic autocratic authority over" Washington, "or Congress can live up to this nation's promise and ideals and pass HR51", said the city's non-voting House delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. Nor would it bar racial and religious profiling or limit the transfer of military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement officials.
The initiative passed in the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 232-180, with no Republicans supporting it.
The milestone statehood vote is the first in Congress since 1993. In 2016, a referendum on statehood won support from 78 percent of the District's residents.
The District of Columbia has no voice in Congress, despite having a larger population than several U.S. states.
Patrick Mara, the executive director of the D.C. GOP, said Republicans are concerned about the expenses of running D.C. as a state and funding for prisons and courts, which the federal government now pays for, WAMU reported.
Black Lives Matter demonstration in Lismore
Newsome told The Epoch Times that he feels Trump "is trying to get reelected and he'll say and do anything". Several restaurant patrons raised their hands when asked to do so by the Black Lives Matter activists.
The capital is "the only American jurisdiction whose residents do not have full voting rights and where the Congress of the United States can interfere at will with their local jurisdiction".
House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland declared the measure to recognize Washington, D.C., as a state "long overdue". The founders, opponents say, intended D.C.to be a "neutral" ground and created it in the Constitution because they were concerned that a state housing the nation's capital could exert undue influence over federal lawmakers. "No", Mr Pelosi said ahead of the vote. "This city, this district is a unique entity". You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? Rather, it will be split into two.
The bill would essentially shrink the existing District of Columbia dramatically to a small area that includes most federal buildings and monuments, including the White House, the US Capitol Building, the US Supreme Court Building, and the federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the National Mall and in the Capitol complex. The rest will become "Washington, Douglass Commonwealth".
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell noted in a Fox News interview previous year that as long as he was in charge, "None of that stuff is going anywhere". Several Black Democratic lawmakers rose to encourage him to pick up a US history book or watch some of the many films now streaming about the Black experience in America.
But House Republican Mo Brooks likened the statehood effort to a power grab by Democrats seeking "two more guaranteed leftwing senators". Trump has expressed opposition, and the Republicans who control the Senate have said they have no intention to bring it to a vote in the 100-member chamber.
Washington, D.C.is not the only US region seeking additional rights and representation.