Norton’s D.C. Statehood Bill Passes Supermajority Cosponsorship by House Democrats

Feb 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reported that with the addition of four cosponsors—Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA)—her bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state has now attracted cosponsorship by over 75 percent (146) of the House Democratic Caucus.  Norton has continued to build support for her Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 1291) since she broke last Congress’ record cosponsorship (133).  In March, Norton introduced her statehood bill with a record number of original cosponsors (116), which are Members who sponsor the bill before it is introduced.

“As I catch Members in meetings and on the floor, they readily sign on our statehood bill,” Norton said.  “I thank my colleagues for helping us build momentum, ensuring a lasting foundation even while Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House.  My colleagues are helping us to be ready for when we get a congressional majority that will demand equality of citizenship, particularly for D.C. residents, who rank number one in federal taxes per capita paid to support our government.”