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Senate Republicans fiercely oppose DC statehood as political ‘power grab’

Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana attends a press conference announcing Senate Republicans’ opposition to DC statehood on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

(CNN)Several Republican senators blasted the House-passed Washington, DC statehood bill on Wednesday, calling the legislation unconstitutional and a “Democratic power grab” that would “empower the most radical agenda in modern American politics.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined GOP Sens. Steve Daines of Montana and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, all up for reelection this year, to hold a press conference detailing their opposition to the measure.

“This is about expanding the Senate map to accommodate the most radical agenda that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been up here,” Graham said.

The South Carolina senator also argued it’s a “bad deal” for his state and would dilute its power in the Senate.

Their remarks came days after House Democrats passed legislation making Washington, DC, a state, by a vote of 232-180. The White House also said last week that President Donald Trump would veto the bill if it came to his desk.Daines also told reporters that if they go outside of DC, where he claimed the “real people are at,” Americans overwhelmingly oppose DC statehood.”If you get outside the Beltway and craziness […]

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