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: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds Overnight Energy: Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' | GM reverses on Trump, exits suit challenging California's tougher emissions standards | United Nations agency says greenhouse gas emissions accumulating despite lockdown decline GSA transition delay 'poses serious risk' to Native Americans, Udall says 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 NortonRecord number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states 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.