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Chair of House D.C. committee: 'You'd have to be high' to think it will get statehood

Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., who chairs the House subcommittee on D.C. oversight. (Photo: Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the District of Columbia is suggesting giving most of the District back to Maryland and "possibly" getting rid of the local government.

Rep. John Mica of Florida made the comments after Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking with Donald Trump for a luxury hotel downtown.

Asked about President Barack Obama's support for District statehood, Mica said: "The president must be spending too much time in Colorado, because you'd have to be high to think that Congress or anyone else is going to support making the District of Columbia the 51st state."

Mica suggested that a way for District residents to gain congressional representation would be to make most of the city part of Maryland, "and possibly disband the D.C. Council."

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