For the first time since 1993, the House held a committee hearing Thursday on a bill that would make Washington, DC, the 51st state. Republicans weren’t having it.

When Republicans brought up the ethics allegations against DC Council member Jack Evans, Democrats shot back. “The claim seems to be that if one person in a jurisdiction gets in trouble you disenfranchise the entire community,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and former constitutional law professor. “That cuts against everything we believe in about democracy.”

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