Eleanor Holmes Norton Intros DC Statehood Bill With Record Support
In 2016, 86% of voters in DC voted in favor of statehood, but the issue had been seen as a low priority by Democrats and it was opposed by the GOP. However, now that Dems have taken control of the House, things seem to be shifting. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on Thursday introduced the Washington, D.C. Admission Act -- appropriately given the number H.R. 51 -- to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The legislation would give DC two Senators and, initially, one House member with full voting rights in Congress. The bill has a record 151 original cosponsors, and newly sworn-in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a lengthy statement in support of the bill. Adding to the bill’s momentum is House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chair Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who has committed to holding a hearing and markup this year on the bill. “We are gratified by the overwhelming support from my Democratic colleagues as we seize this new moment for statehood and press our bill in the 116th Congress with unprecedented momentum,” said Norton. However, even if the legislation were passed by the House, it would face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate. More here.