D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Friday praised Democrats on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration for recently defeating an amendment opposing D.C. statehood.
During the May 11 markup session for the For the People Act — which encompasses procedures to make voting easier and more convenient for citizens, limiting the influence of corporate and political action committee money in elections and ensuring fair elections — Republicans tried to insert an amendment that would have changed findings in the bill from supporting D.C. statehood to opposing it, Norton said.
The Democrats opposed the anti-D.C. statehood provision and it was defeated. The For the People Act endorses D.C. statehood.
The Senate committee is chaired by Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and includes Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as members.
Norton called the defeat a major victory for District statehood.
“The defeat of this anti-statehood amendment reaffirms the strong support for D.C. statehood in the Senate,” she said. “With 48 original co-sponsors, S.1 paves the way for increased support of our D.C. statehood bill in the Senate and ensures we are on the cusp of righting one of the nation’s oldest continuing wrongs.”