Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is at odds with the party in his home state of West Virginia over a D.C. statehood bill.

Manchin, a crucial swing vote on Capitol Hill, said late last month that he didn’t support the bill authored by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) — which has 45 co-sponsors, all Democrats — calling for the District to become the 51st state.

“If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment … and let the people of America vote,” Manchin said in an April 30 radio interview on West Virginia MetroNews.

However, the West Virginia Democratic Party passed a resolution supporting D.C. statehood legislation earlier this year.

“The citizens of Washington, D.C. deserve full representation in Congress,” West Virginia Democratic Party Chair Belinda Biaforce said in a statement. “We need to ensure that the citizens and elected leaders of the District of Columbia have full authority over local affairs, including crucial safety and security measures. We should no longer deny them democracy. Their votes and their voices should be heard.”

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James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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