FILE -- WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 26: U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) smiles answers questions from reporters after a news conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Senate earlier passed the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton once again introduced legislation to Congress that would make D.C. the country’s 51st state. This isn’t the first time she has introduced such a bill and likely won’t be her last.
The New Columbia Admissions Act would give the State of New Columbia two voting senators and a voting member of the House of Representatives. The bill stipulates that the state would not have jurisdiction over federal buildings and territory within its borders.
The statehood measure came to a vote only once in 1993, according to the Washington Post, and died in the House with a 153-277 vote (nearly every Republican and more than 100 Democrats opposed the legislation.) The bill has never come to a vote in the Senate, and Norton said she is working to get the bill introduced in that chamber.
The fight for D.C. statehood did get a small victory on Tuesday. President Obama agreed to put D.C.’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plates on presidential vehicles. President Bill Clinton had these plates on his fleet of vehicles when he was president, but President George W. Bush opted not to. This is just a small symbolic gesture, but shows the president at least supports the cause on some level.
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