Norton Announces Historic High in Senate Support for D.C. Statehood
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Senator Tom Carper’s (D-DE) District of Columbia statehood bill (S. 631) has broken the record for cosponsors in the Senate. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) is the bill’s newest cosponsor, which puts the bill at a historic 31 cosponsors, or 63% of Senate Democrats. S. 631 is the Senate’s version of Norton’s D.C. statehood bill (H.R. 51), which also has a record number of cosponsors in the House (201).
“In the last three months, we’ve made more progress for D.C. statehood than at any other time in the District’s history,” Norton said. “We are particularly grateful to Senator Carper for his energetic and highly effective leadership and to every one of the 31 Senate cosponsors of the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.”
The historic number of cosponsors for the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in the House (201) and Senate (31) follows the strong endorsement of D.C. statehood earlier this year by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) decision to make D.C. statehood a top voting rights priority for Senate Democrats. In addition, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has committed to holding a hearing and markup of H.R. 51 this year, and the House of Representatives this month passed, H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which was the first time in United States history that a chamber of Congress endorsed D.C. statehood.