The Biden administration said on Tuesday it supports H.R. 51, the bill that proposes making Washington, D.C. into a state. "For far too long, the more than 700,000 people of Washington, D.C. have been deprived of full representation in the U.S. Congress," said the administration in a statement. "This taxation without representation and denial of self-governance is an affront to the democratic values." The statement argued creating a 51st state called the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth would "make our Union stronger and more just." The White House previously indicated it believes D.C. residents deserve representation, but Tuesday was the first formal support for the proposal — it comes as the House begins to consider the bill with a hearing and later vote.

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