Norton Announces Date of Senate Hearing on D.C. Statehood Bill, Will Deliver Opening Remarks
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will conduct a hearing on the District of Columbia. statehood bill at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Norton will deliver opening remarks at the hearing.
“The Senate hearing shows that momentum continues to build for our D.C. statehood bill," Norton said. "D.C. statehood now has 54% support nationwide, according to the most recent detailed poll, and I expect that support to grow even more after the Senate hearing, as it has after the House hearings. As only the second Senate hearing ever on D.C. statehood, next week will be historic. Thank you to Chairman Peters for scheduling this hearing and to Senator Carper for his strong and fruitful leadership on D.C. statehood."
The House has passed the bill twice in the last year. Senator Carper is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill, which has a record 45 cosponsors, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The bill would admit the State of Washington, D.C. from most of the present-day District of Columbia. Congress would retain plenary authority over the reduced federal district.