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 NortonHouse Democrat offers bill to let students with pot conviction retain federal aid Majority of Americans opposes DC statehood: poll DC statehood hearing rescheduled to make room for Mueller testimony 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 HoyerLiberal Democrat eyes aid cuts to Israel after Omar, Tlaib denied entry Lawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar Israel denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet 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.