Since coming to the House in 1991, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has tried time and time again to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. It’s been an uphill climb.
In her first term, her statehood bill got zero co-sponsors. In the next Congress, it got 81 co-sponsors — but ultimately flopped, 153-277, when it came to the floor in 1993.
Momentum may finally be building. A similar version of the legislation got 181 co-sponsors in the 115th Congress. And on Thursday, the reintroduced bill reached a new high water mark when the list of co-sponsors hit 182.
Attitudes are changing slowly, Norton acknowledged in a press release.
“The painstaking building of support in Congress and around the country is the only way to finally ensure equal citizenship for the District’s 700,000 taxpaying residents,” she said.
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