House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer promised that a bill granting statehood to Washington, DC, can be introduced to the House ground this year.
“DC should be granted statehood,” the longtime Maryland congressman stated in a assertion this week. “The residents of the District should be granted the identical protections as their fellow residents in neighboring states.”
Hoyer additionally used his assertion to blast President Trump’s dealing with of protests which have convulsed the capitol in current days, saying the push for statehood was now extra pressing than ever.
The bill, H.R. 51, was launched by the district’s non-voting delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton final January.
“With Leader Hoyer’s help and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s persevering with management, we at the moment are assured that the House will make historical past this year with passage of the DC statehood bill for the primary time in both chamber within the District’s 219-year historical past,” she stated Friday.
Statehood has been a longtime aim for DC residents. They at the moment haven’t any voting illustration in both the Senate or House of Representatives. Many district residents sport license plates studying a model of the motto “no taxation with out illustration.”
D.C. statehood has lengthy been a precedence for Democrats given the liberal tilt of the town, whereas conservatives have typically balked on the concept. Plates carrying the motto had been faraway from President Trump’s White House limousine in August 2018.