The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is slated to hold a hearing next Monday to discuss statehood for the District of Columbia. 

Committee Chairman Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder Liz Cheney applauds Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement MORE (D-Del.) will lead the hearing that had been promised for more than a year


It will be the first time in two decades that the Senate holds a hearing on statehood for the district, according to D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes Norton'Squad' members recruit Raskin to run for Oversight gavel Lawmakers wager local booze, favorite foods in World Series bets Hawley, Blackburn push bill to move most federal agencies out of DC MORE (D).

"The Carper statehood hearing, the President’s endorsement of statehood in July, and Majority Leader Harry Reid’s announcement of his cosponsorship show a troika of leadership that demonstrates the growing strength of equal citizenship for D.C. residents," she said in a statement. 

During a town hall earlier this year, President Obama said "I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," when asked about statehood. 

Last year, the White House began using the District’s “taxation without representation” license plates on the president’s motorcade.

The New Columbia Admission Act, introduced by Carper last year, would set up procedures for the district to hold elections for two senators and a House representative, among other steps to become a state. 

Holmes Norton is currently a non-voting delegate. 

The bill has attracted 16 Democratic cosponsors in the Senate, and 99 members have sponsored a similar House bill. The House failed to approve a statehood bill in 1993, the last time it was brought to the floor.