Joe Lieberman to push senators on DC statehood

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is set to call on undecided senators on both sides of the aisle to push for their support for statehood for Washington, D.C.

Lieberman told Forbes that he “would be glad to” call on senators to support the measure after being asked to do so by Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperFrustration builds as infrastructure talks drag Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan infrastructure deal Transit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Del.), who is leading the push for D.C. statehood legislation in the upper chamber.

Carper told news outlet that Lieberman will reach out to undecided Democrats and Republicans and urge them to back the measure. 


GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (S.C.) added that while Lieberman is one of his “dearest friends,” the former senator's push would have “zero chance” of swaying his vote on statehood for the nation’s capital, according to Forbes.

The House is expected to pass legislation on Thursday that would make Washington the 51st state. House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats warn leadership against excluding House from infrastructure talks Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers MORE (D-Md.) said in a press conference on Wednesday that he expects all House Democrats to vote in favor of the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Democratic negotiator: 'I believe we will' have infrastructure bill ready on Monday DACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.) is expected to give the legislation a vote, but its prospects face an uncertain future in the upper chamber.

Democrats have a slim majority in the upper chamber, with Vice President Harris voting to break ties in the 50-50 Senate. The party would still need moderate lawmakers like Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Six months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency DACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats MORE (D-W.Va.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to back the statehood effort.

Republicans have widely bashed the idea of D.C. statehood, calling in a power grab to shift the balance of the upper chamber. 


The District is overwhelmingly and would all but ensure two additional Democratic senators.

But Democrats point out that D.C. residents lack voting power in Congress, despite paying federal taxes. The District's residents pay more federal income tax per capita than the residents of any state in the country. 

The Hill has reached out to Carper’s office for comment.