Norton Says Speaker Pelosi’s Strong Support for D.C. Statehood Moves D.C. Forward in Quest for House Floor Vote on Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she was grateful to her friend Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her strong public statement today in support of Norton’s bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51). Norton yesterday introduced H.R. 51 with a record 155 original cosponsors. House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has committed to holding a hearing and markup on H.R. 51 this year.
In her statement, Pelosi said, “For too long, the residents of the District of Columbia have served our nation in uniform, paid taxes and contributed to the economic power and success of our country while being denied the full enfranchisement that is their right… H.R. 51, The Washington, D.C. Admission Act, is a critical step in righting this historic wrong.”
“Speaker Pelosi has always been one of the District’s greatest friends and allies in Congress,” Norton said. “Her resounding endorsement of H.R. 51 is the most important step yet in getting a House floor vote on the statehood bill. I look forward to working closely with the Speaker in our new Democratic House majority as we move H.R. 51 through the committee process and seek a House floor vote on it.”