WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today on the introduction of H.R. 51 in the 117th Congress. Introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the legislation would grant statehood to the District of Columbia and already has 202 original cosponsors, including Congresswoman Hoyer.
"I am proud to cosponsor Congresswoman Norton's legislation correcting the injustice of denying representation to 700,000 Americans by admitting the District of Columbia as the fifty-first state. Last Congress, I brought this legislation to the Floor and worked with Congresswoman Norton to pass it, and I look forward to doing the same again in the 117th Congress. Residents of our nation's capital deserve two senators and a representative with full voting rights in the House. For a city with such a large African American population, this denial of representation echoes a broader history of the suppression of voting rights in our country. No other democracy around the world denies legislative representation to the residents of its capital city simply because of where they live. Neither should we here in the United States."