House Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer has promised to bring the state’s bill to Washington, D.C., this year.
“D.C. should be given state status,” said the longtime Maryland congressman Said in a statement This week. “Residents of the district should be given the same protection as fellow citizens in neighboring states.”
Hoyer used his statement to handle President Trump’s opposition in recent days, which has sparked the capital in recent days, saying the push for the state is now more urgent than ever.
The bill, HR 51, was introduced last January by Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s non-voting representative.
“With the support of Leader Hoyer and the continued leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, we are now assured that this year’s council will make history by passing the D.C. State bill for the first time in any of the district’s 219-year history,” he said Friday.
State status has long been a goal for DC residents. Currently they have no representation in the Senate or the House of Representatives. Many county residents read the version of the game’s license plates “No Taxation Without Representation”.
The Democrats who give the city a liberal inclination are the ones who are in DC. State status has long been a priority, while conservatives have generally opposed the idea. Objective plates were removed in August 2018 from President Trump’s White House limousine.