"In fact, the reason the CDC hasn't made it mandatory is because they don't want to embarrass the president, or insult the president, whatever it is", Pelosi said, calling Trump "cowardly" for not wearing a face mask.
On the House floor ahead of the vote, Republican lawmakers argued that making the district into a state was a political ploy by Democrats and would require an amendment to the US Constitution.
Proponents of statehood say that race is also a factor.
The House voted Friday in favor of a bill granting Washington, D.C., statehood, legislation that's not expected to gain traction in the Senate.
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Though many states have sought to reopen quickly, some are beginning to backpedal from plans to return to normalcy. As a result, bars will be required to close but may provide delivery and take-out. "We can't get away from that".
Jacob Wallace is a graduate student at American University in Washington, D.C., and an intern for The Durango Herald and The Journal. "No thank you. That'll never happen", he added. Posted first by the account of the NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue, it spread like wildfire through the ranks of Democratic representatives - who apparently had nothing more pressing on their agenda during a pandemic that has sickened over 2.5 million Americans and put tens of millions more out of work. Washington, District of Columbia, became the permanent United States capital in 1790.
Kennedy also disclosed that many of his colleagues had disapproved of Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's response to protests and rioting - which he called "felony rioting" - following the death of George Floyd last month.
That followed Schumer's Wednesday remark that Senate Republican police reform did not deserve to pass given the opposition of the lawyer representing the families of "Floyd Taylor, uh, George Taylor ..." Federal buildings, including the White House and Capitol, would remain a separate federal district, still called the District of Columbia. The area would have a population of around 700,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The district now is represented by one non-voting member, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who was first elected in 1991.
House Republican Mo Brooks likened the statehood effort to a power grab by Democrats seeking "two more guaranteed left-wing senators".
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Saturday it was important to test and trace, otherwise lives would be endangered. It means that Victoria has seen a double-figure day-on-day increase in coronavirus cases for 11 consecutive days.
Mrs. Norton said Congress has both a moral obligation and the constitutional authority to make the District a state. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also indicated he would not support removing qualified immunity.
Patrick Mara, the executive director of the D.C. GOP, said Republicans are concerned about the expenses of running D.C. as a state and funding for prisons and courts, which the federal government now pays for, WAMU reported.
But unlike other American citizens, Washington residents have never had voting representatives in Congress, leading the city to print the famous, colonial-era battle cry, "Taxation without representation", on its vehicle license plates. "Certainly, it's billions of dollars", he told the station.
In 2016, 86 percent of DC voters said "yes" to a referendum authorising the City Council to petition Congress for statehood. As a result, Republicans have long opposed statehood, fearing it would give the other side more say. Instead, it focused on training for de-escalation tactics, new federal reporting requirements and incentives for the use of police body cameras. She graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism and was previously a News and Politics Writer for Bustle News.
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But in recent days we have seen large numbers completely flouting the health regulations and breaking the law. 'It is hot. On Wednesday in the capital , an unlicensed street party in Brixton turned violent and on Thursday it was Notting Hill.