Norton Announces Record-Breaking 182nd Cosponsor of Her D.C. Statehood Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that Norton has broken the record for total House cosponsors for her bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51) now has 182 cosponsors, and Norton said she will keep working to add cosponsors as she pushes to have the bill brought to the House floor for a vote. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has endorsed D.C. statehood, and 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. Norton got a findings section supporting D.C. statehood included in the House Democrats’ major democracy reform legislation, H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019.
“With the new congressional session only in its third week, we have already secured historic support for D.C. statehood to put H.R. 51 on its way to a markup and the House floor,” Norton said. “The painstaking building of support in Congress and around the country is the only way to finally ensure equal citizenship for the District’s 700,000 taxpaying residents.”