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 NortonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 Overnight Health Care — Democrats face setback on drug pricing MORE (D-D.C.) tweeted Thursday.
"This is a monumental step forward for equality and self-government for DC."
JUST IN: We’ve announced the first hearing on #DCstatehood (HR 51) in the House in 26 years: July 24th!— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) May 30, 2019
This is a monumental step forward for equality and self-government for DC. #FreeAndEqualDC pic.twitter.com/g78pR9fTuu
Norton has introduced D.C. statehood bills several times.
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 HoyerBudget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda MORE (D-Md.) earlier Thursday announced he would be co-sponsoring H.R. 51.
Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandHochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees The FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president, also recently came out in support of D.C. statehood.
Republicans have consistently opposed making the nation's capital the 51st state, largely because of the high percentage of registered Democrats in the city.