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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 NortonHillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tech execs testify on platforms' liability Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to express openness to Section 230 reform | Facebook removes accounts linked to foreign influence efforts ahead of election | YouTube adding warnings to videos, searches on Election Day 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 HoyerHoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top Top Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief 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.