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On D.C. Emancipation Day, Norton Thanks Residents and Activists for Meeting with Members to Help Secure Three New D.C. Statehood Cosponsors

Apr 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today on District of Columbia Emancipation Day announced the addition of three new cosponsors—Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Susan Davis (D-CA) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY)—to her D.C. statehood bill (H.R. 1291) and thanked D.C. residents and activists who came to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the House and Senate.  Norton’s bill now has 154 cosponsors, who comprise 80 percent of the House Democratic caucus.  Norton has continued to build historic support for her statehood bill since she broke last Congress’ record cosponsorship (133).

“I am grateful for the work of residents and activists who came to Capitol Hill on Emancipation Day to meet with Members of Congress and secured three additional House cosponsors to make our hometown the 51st state,” Norton said.  “Their meetings with Members to increase our statehood cosponsors made the highest and best use of Emancipation Day.  We have been able to get most Democratic members to sign on to our statehood bill, but today’s visit by residents showed that the stragglers may need face to face meetings to understand the priority we place on becoming the 51st state.”