H.R. 51: Making D.C. the 51st State

Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
H.R. 51: Making D.C. the 51st State

 

RELEASE: Oversight Committee Holds “Historic” Hearing on D.C. Statehood

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

H.R. 51 was introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on January 3, 2019. The bill would admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth into the Union. The State would consist of most of the territory of the present-day District of Columbia. Congress would retain plenary authority over the reduced federal district. The bill has 219 cosponsors and is endorsed by 102 national organizations.

CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS' OPENING STATEMENT

WITNESSES

The Honorable Muriel Bowser
Mayor
District of Columbia

Jeffrey S. DeWitt
Chief Financial Officer
District of Columbia

The Honorable Phil Mendelson 
Chairman
Council of the District of Columbia

Kerwin Miller 
Veteran and District of Columbia Resident

Dr. Roger Pilon
B. Kenneth Simon Chair, Constitutional Studies
Cato Institute

Kenneth Thomas
Legislative Attorney
Congressional Research Service

Issues: 
116th Congress