Budget Amendment Aims to End DC Statehood Efforts

Rep. Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., has introduced an amendment intended to halt efforts toward D.C. statehood, sparking significant backlash from district representatives, The Hill reported.

Rep. Ogles on Tuesday proposed an amendment to the federal budget that aims to end efforts toward Washington, D.C., becoming the 51st state. The amendment calls for the prohibition of funds for the New Columbia Statehood Commission, which coordinates the district’s statehood initiatives, and also seeks to block funds for conducting an election for a senator for the District of Columbia.

The proposal has ignited criticism from D.C. representatives, particularly Rep. Oye Owolewa, who described it as a tactic to undermine the representational autonomy of D.C. residents.

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