During House floor debate on the bill, Republican Rep. Gregory Murphy of North Carolina argued for Congress to cede the land back to Maryland instead of making DC its own state.
"The move is simply unnecessary when ceding DC back to Maryland is a viable, cost-effective and common sense option," Murphy said.
It's not often I agree with Republicans, but that does sound like a more logical and practical solution.
Anyway, what happens now? Can the Senate choose to completely ignore the bill? Can the Democrats delay it until January, when it might have a better chance to pass in the Senate?