I am under the impression that the State itself will have some input into that process. And as long as the State is under the Control of the Dems, it wont happen.
You are right, and I took that for granted. It has to be state approved first which as you say is debatable.
Just wanted to point out what is required for statehood after the state hurdle. The good thing is that OweBowMao plays no part in the process - constitutionally anyway.
Not that that has ever stopped him.