D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton announced that the House will vote on her D.C. statehood bill during the week of April 19, one week after the Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a markup hearing on the legislation.
“The week of April 19, the House will take a historic step in righting the monumental wrong of denying the 712,000 federal taxpaying American citizens who live in the nation’s capital voting representation in Congress and self-government without congressional interference into local affairs,” Norton said in a statement.
She expressed gratitude to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for the April 14 hearing and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who controls the flow of legislation in the chamber, for scheduling a floor vote soon after.
“Full and equal representation for the residents of the District of Columbia remains one of the major civil rights issues of the day,” Hoyer said in the statement. “I’m proud to bring Congresswoman Norton’s legislation to the floor this work period to admit Washington, D.C. as the 51st state and to right a historical injustice that denies its residents full participation in our democracy. I thank her for her leadership in addressing this challenge, which is critical not only for our region but for ensuring that our nation abides in full by its Constitutional principles of equality and civil rights.”
Last year, the House passed Norton’s D.C. statehood bill for the first time but then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to consider the legislation. This year, Norton’s bill has 215 co-sponsors, enough for it to pass in the House.
In the Senate chamber, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) has a historic 42 co-sponsors for his companion legislation, which has been endorsed by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).