Buttigieg advocates DC statehood as part of racial justice plan

Buttigieg advocates DC statehood as part of racial justice plan
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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race South Bend police officer resigns after killing of black man MORE is calling for statehood for Washington, D.C., in his plan released Thursday aimed at tackling "racist structures and systems."

The candidate's "Douglass Plan," named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass, calls for "Congress to redefine the District of Columbia to include only government buildings in the city center and create a new state, 'New Columbia,' from the remaining territory."

Buttigieg noted in the plan that D.C. "would be the only state in the union where Black Americans were not a racial minority."

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The South Bend, Ind., mayor used his proposal to formally call for a number of other Democratic reform ideas, such as abolishing the Electoral College.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), the District's sole, nonvoting representative in the House, has introduced D.C. statehood bills several times over the years.

This year's version of the bill has garnered the most support yet, with 216 co-sponsors, including House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOcasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump House Democrats introduce resolution condemning Trump for 'racist' comments Feehery: Trump inspires temporary House Democratic unity MORE (D-Md.), throwing their support behind it.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.Y.), who is also running for president, recently announced her own support for D.C. statehood.

Republicans have consistently opposed making the nation's capital the 51st state, with many pointing to the high percentage of registered Democrats in the city.