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Norton Continues to Build Record Support for Her D.C. Statehood Bill, Now with 140 Cosponsors

Nov 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today said that she has garnered 140 cosponsors for her bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, up from the last reported high.  Norton has continued to build support for her Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 1291) since she broke the record for cosponsors in July as high school students with DC Vote met with congressional offices and helped Norton get to a new record of 134 cosponsors.  In March, Norton introduced her statehood bill with a record number of House original cosponsors (116), which are Members who introduced the bill with Norton.

“With each Congress, we are growing a strong foundation of support for D.C. statehood with Members understanding the injustice of D.C. being first in federal taxes paid per capita and last in congressional voting rights,” Norton said.  “We now have 72 percent of all House Democrats on our bill, and we will keep working to get every single Member of our caucus to sign on.  Republicans are opposed, but that will change with time and struggle.  While our effort continues in the House, residents keep working to galvanize support among neighbors, family and friends and to use social media to go national and build the pressure in Congress.”