The 51-star flags lining Pennsylvania Avenue aim to bring attention to the District of Columbia's quest to become the 51st state. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
The 51-star flags lining Pennsylvania Avenue aim to bring attention to the District of Columbia's quest to become the 51st state. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

After years of going back and forth, lawmakers return to Capitol Hill Thursday to vote on making D.C. the nation’s 51st state.

If such a vote goes through, that will give the District of Columbia two years to show off its statehood status that will have just one voice in Congress.

Critics contend that D.C., which is currently represented by Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, is too small to be a state.

D.C., with a population of 700,000 residents, is a heavily Democratic jurisdiction.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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