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 HoyerThis week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' MORE (Md.) and White House hopeful Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together 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.