House Passes D.C. Statehood Bill Decisively, Momentum Building for Passage in Senate

Jun 26, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After managing the debate on the District of Columbia statehood bill (H.R. 51) on the House floor, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated House passage of the bill today with House leadership and her colleagues following overwhelming support by 232 Democrats, most of them cosponsors of the bill. The bill had 227 cosponsors, more than enough to guarantee passage. Neither chamber of Congress had passed the bill before.

“We are buoyed by the priority the House gave D.C. statehood at a time when COVID-19 has meant that only essential bills are coming to the floor this year,” Norton said. “We are undaunted by the lack of support in the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House. We are certainly not discouraged by President Trump’s outspoken opposition to home rule and his attempts to control the District of Columbia and the city’s police force in acts of brazen presidential irresponsibility.

“Far from underestimating the work to come, however, our strategy is in place for full speed ahead. That strategy will soon become apparent, but today we celebrate.”

Shortly after being elected, Norton got D.C.’s first-ever vote on the D.C. statehood bill in 1993, but despite control of the House by Democrats, many from the South, the bill did not prevail.

Norton’s opening remarks, delivered this morning on the floor of the House, can be found here.