The administration of US President Joe Biden has officially supported the transformation of the Federal District of Columbia into the 51st state.
This is reported by The Washington Times.
"For too long, over 700,000 residents of Washington, D.C., have been denied full representation in the U.S. Congress," the Office of Budget and Administrative Policy said in a statement.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on legislation that would give the District of Columbia one representative in the House and two senators in the U.S. Senate.
The new administrative unit will be renamed Washington State, the Commonwealth of Douglas, in honor of American civil rights icon Frederick Douglass. Federal buildings will remain outside the new state.
Last year, the House of Representatives also passed legislation to make the District of Columbia a state, but the decision was not supported by the Senate, then controlled by Republicans.
Republicans oppose the move, saying it is nothing more than an attempt to strengthen the power of Democrats in Congress by expanding their representation.
The District of Columbia has more residents than Vermont and Wyoming, and its residents pay more federal taxes than the other 22 states.
The last time new states appeared in the United States was in 1959, when Alaska, becoming the 49th state, and Hawaii (the 50th state) received this status.
The District of Columbia includes the American capital of Washington, as well as Georgetown and Washington County. The county was created along with the city to ensure that the capital of the United States is not subject to any state.