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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention 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 HoyerProgressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' MORE (D-Md.), throwing their support behind it.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIn the next relief package Congress must fund universal COVID testing Expanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic 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.