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 ButtigiegSunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Buttigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years' 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 HoyerHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Scalise, Cole introduce resolution to change rules on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data MORE (D-Md.), throwing their support behind it.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick 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.