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 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."

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 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.

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