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- Recently, efforts to make Washington D.C. the 51st state have picked up some steam in Congress.
- This summer, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on a proposal to grant statehood to the district, reportedly the first House hearing in more than 25 years on the subject.
- The legislation, entitled the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, was first introduced in January by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's nonvoting House member. It would make D.C. a state and provide its residents with two senators and at least one voting House member.
- Two months ago, the House passed an anti-corruption bill called H.R. 1, which included campaign finance and voter registration reform. H.R. 1 also contained a non-binding expression of support for D.C. statehood, marking the first time a chamber of Congress has voted to endorse statehood.