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 CarperDC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Bottom line Overnight Energy: EPA takes major step to battle climate change 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 GrahamThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Michael Flynn flubs words to Pledge of Allegiance at pro-Trump rally 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 HoyerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump moves to his own blog as Facebook ban remains in place Hoyer: GOP lawmakers mad at Cheney because she 'believes in the truth' Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks 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 SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan 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 ManchinOn The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike DC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate 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.