DC delegate uses Fourth of July to press call for statehood

DC delegate uses Fourth of July to press call for statehood
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), Washington, D.C.'s representative in the House, turned to Twitter on July 4 to trumpet her push for D.C. statehood. 

“D.C. residents should march on July 4th to remind our country that the war to end Taxation Without Representation — our Revolutionary War — is not yet finished. And it will not be until our nation’s capital has equal representation in their own government,” Norton tweeted.

Norton has been an outspoken advocate for District statehood throughout her more than two decades in the House. She was one of the main proponents of setting a congressional hearing scheduled for later this month on the issue and has introduced D.C. statehood bills several times.

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Norton has recently enjoyed a boost in support for her efforts, garnering 151 co-sponsors for her most recent legislation and winning the backing of influential Democrats including House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerProcedural politics: What just happened with the coronavirus bill? DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill Lysol, disinfecting wipes and face masks mark coronavirus vote in House MORE (Md.) and White House hopeful Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package MORE (N.Y.). 

D.C. voters in 2016 supported a draft constitution that would turn the District into a state.

The movement continues to face opposition from congressional Republicans.