Norton to Give Floor Speech on D.C. Statehood, Today

May 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the endorsement of 18 national advocacy groups and unprecedented momentum for statehood for the District of Columbia, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will hold special order time on the House floor around 12:45 p.m. today to urge her colleagues to support her D.C. statehood bill.  Norton’s special order will be dedicated to D.C. veterans who have served without equal rights or autonomy over local matters like other American jurisdictions.

“This weekend, the nation will celebrate Memorial Day, a day to thank our servicemembers and remember those who gave their lives for our country,” Norton said.  “Soldiers from the District of Columbia have served side by side with their fellow countrymen in every single U.S. war in our history.  Yet when these heroes return home to the nation’s capital, they have less voice and no vote in their own government they just defended.  This national holiday is yet another opportunity to focus on the injustice of D.C. servicemembers and veterans going without equal representation and free self-government in their own city.”


Norton’s D.C. statehood bill has a record number of cosponsors in the House (204) and Senate (32).  The Senate version was introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE). 

Just five months into the new Congress, Norton has built historic support for her D.C. statehood bill.  In March, the House passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which contained extensive findings supporting D.C. statehood and marked the first time in American history either chamber of Congress has endorsed D.C. statehood; Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) strongly endorsed D.C. statehood upon introduction of Norton’s D.C. statehood bill; 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 Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced that the committee will hold a hearing and markup on the statehood bill this year, the first House hearing or markup on a D.C. statehood bill since 1993. 

The bill is now endorsed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, People for the American Way, Common Cause, Demand Justice, Indivisible, Public Citizen, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, Americans for Democratic Action, the Sierra Club, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Demos, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Demand Progress, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and Stand Up America.