Norton Releases Video Making the Case for D.C. Statehood Ahead of Historic Hearing

Sep 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Thursday’s historic hearing on statehood for the District of Columbia, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a video today outlining the case for D.C. statehood.  The video, which can be found here, notes that D.C. residents pay the highest federal taxes per capita of any jurisdiction in the country and that D.C.’s veterans and residents have served in all of the nation’s wars.  The hearing will be in the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday, September 19th, at 10:00 a.m. in Rayburn 2154. Additional details will be released in the coming days.

A full transcript of the video is below.

Hello, I’m Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. This Thursday, September 19th, the House of Representatives will hold a historic hearing on my bill, The Washington, D.C. Admission Act, H.R. 51. It will be the first hearing on DC statehood in the House in over 25 years.

“For 218 years, Washingtonians have lived in their nation’s capital – yet we are not equal. We pay the highest federal taxes per capita of any jurisdiction in the country, and our residents have served in all our country’s wars. But right now, the District of Columbia does not have full representation in the Senate or House, or the ability to govern ourselves without congressional interference. That’s wrong – and it needs to change. H.R. 51 would make DC’s 700,000 taxpaying residents equal to other Americans.

“This Thursday at 10 AM, D.C should say with one voice that we demand equal representation and full self-government.  It’s time for DC statehood.

Norton’s bill would make most of the present-day District of Columbia into the State of Washington, D.C., with the remaining territory designated as the nation’s capital.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Elijah Cummings (D-MD), will hold the first House hearing on D.C. statehood since 1993 this Thursday, September 19th.  Just nine months into the new Congress, Norton has built historic support for her D.C. statehood bill that virtually assures House passage.  H.R. 51 has a record number of voting cosponsors (216); the Senate’s D.C. statehood bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), also has the most cosponsors ever (33); the House-passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, contained extensive findings supporting D.C. statehood, marking the first time in history either chamber of Congress has endorsed D.C. statehood; Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) strongly endorsed D.C. statehood upon introduction of H.R. 51; House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), a cosponsor of the statehood bill, endorsed D.C. statehood in a strong op-ed earlier this year; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) unveiled a sweeping proposal to combat voter disenfranchisement, including restoring the Voting Rights Act, establishing national, automatic voter registration laws, and supporting D.C. statehood; and H.R. 51 is endorsed by nearly 100 national advocacy groups.