Biden administration backs D.C. statehood, urges ‘swift’ action as House prepares to vote on bill

The Biden administration on Tuesday formally threw its support behind a long-shot bid from Democrats to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state.

Congress should “provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood” for the more than 700,000 Washington residents who do not have full voting representation in the House and Senate, the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement of administration policy.

The White House’s full-throated support for D.C. statehood came days before the House is set to vote on a bill that would put the commonwealth on “equal footing with the other states.”