First hearing on DC statehood in House in 26 years scheduled for July

First hearing on DC statehood in House in 26 years scheduled for July
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The House has set a date of July 24 for a hearing on statehood for Washington, D.C., the first in 26 years.

"JUST IN: We’ve announced the first hearing on #DCstatehood (HR 51) in the House in 26 years: July 24th!" Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonFedEx asks Washington Redskins to change team name Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in House approves statehood for DC in 232-180 vote MORE (D-D.C.) tweeted Thursday.

"This is a monumental step forward for equality and self-government for DC."

Norton has introduced D.C. statehood bills several times.

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This year's legislation, put forward in January, has gained more support than in years past, with a record-high 205 co-sponsors.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerAmy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew House Democrat calls for 'real adult discussion' on lawmaker pay The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary Day in New Jersey MORE (D-Md.) earlier Thursday announced he would be co-sponsoring H.R. 51.

Republicans have consistently opposed making the nation's capital the 51st state, largely because of the high percentage of registered Democrats in the city.