Welcome to the DC Statehood Coalition
where you can learn more about what it will take to create the 51st State.
The people of Washington, DC deserve the same rights as Americans living in the 50 states. We want full voting representation in the US Congress and an end to Congressional interference in our local government.
We can do this by creating the 51st state from the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia, preserving a smaller federal district as the nation's capital.
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NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
Keep up with DC Statehood Bill News!
Known officially as the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth (DC) Admission Act, HR 51, the legislation from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has 212 (at last count) House cosponsors. The legislation has been reintroduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware as S. 51 with 40 (at last count) Senate cosponsors.
REMINDER: Last year, on Friday, June 26, 2020, the House of Representatives passed HR 51 (for the first time in history) by a vote of 232-180.
S. 51 Introduced in the Senate!
S. 51, the Senate version of the DC Statehood bill, was formally introduced in the Senate on Wednesday, January 27 by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who has championed DC Statehood alongside DC Delegate Norton in the Senate for many years. S. 51 was introduced with 38 original cosponsors.
9 Democrats in the Senate have yet to cosponsor (or cosponsor again in the new Congress). These Senators include:
Sen. Mark Kelly and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona)
Sen. John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Sen. Jon Ossoff and Rev. Sen. Raphael Warnock (Georgia)
Sen. Angus King (Independent) (Maine)
Sen. Jon Tester (Montana) (former cosponsor)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) (former cosponsor)
Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia)
See more on the full list of cosponsors and not-yet-cosponsors on our Cosponsors page here.
What does the Capitol Insurrection have to do with the need for statehood for the people of DC? See more here.
US Census Releases 2020 Population Estimates
The US Census Bureau released its annual state population estimates in December, recorded on July 1 of each year. This most recent estimate puts Washington, DC at 712,816. As has been the case for many years, this number puts the District ahead of Wyoming (582,328) and Vermont (623,347), and only slightly behind Alaska (731,158) and North Dakota (765,309).
See more here (December 31, 2020 post)
NEW! The DC Statehood Movement: A Recent(ish) History
In DC Statehood terms, of course, recent is a relative concept. Fifty Years and Counting is the history of our statehood movement, from a provocative 1970 essay to the historic House vote for statehood in June 2020. You can read this history (in twelve chapters) here.
Upcoming and Ongoing Events
Thursday, March 11
Hearing on DC Statehood Bill (HR 51)
House Committee on Oversight and Reform
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR) will hold on hearing on HR 51, the District of Columbia Statehood bill introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, on Thursday, March 11 beginning at 10 am.
Witnesses for the bill will include DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson, a representative from the Office of the DC Chief Financial Officer (DC CFO), Congressional Research Service Legislative Attorney Mainon Schwartz, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Interim President Wade Henderson, and DC veteran Harry Wingo. Congresswoman Norton thanks COR Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) for her advocacy for HR 51 and for prioritizing the bill early in the Congressional session.
Congresswoman Norton's bill, HR 51, has 212 cosponsors at present (a majority is 218). The Senate companion bill, S. 51, introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (DE), has 40 cosponsors.
For more information, see here
Wednesday, January 27
Introduction of S. 51
Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, longtime DC Statehood champion, reintroduced the Senate version of our statehood bill, the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, Admission Act, also known as S. 51, on January 27. Working together with DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (sponsor of our House bill, HR 51), we expect to pass HR 51 (again) in just the next few months, and hope to see S. 51 move through the Senate committees prior to a floor vote later in the year. See here for the full list of cosponsors (and not-yet-cosponsors) for S. 51.
Check out our newest #DCStatehood video!
Our newest video, Justice for DC, is on YouTube and features interviews and recollections from a variety of Washingtonians who explain the difference between being a resident of a state and a resident of the District of Columbia, and why they want Statehood.
Check out our 51st State video!
Inspired by Last Week Tonight Host and Former Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, who devoted an episode to the absurdity of the political status of the residents of the District of Columbia. See the full Last Week Tonight clip here (and note that some of this late night HBO language may not be suitable for young kids). We turned Mr. Oliver's new and improved "50 States Song" into a proper 51st State Song. To see the revised lyrics, please click here.
Statehood marchers at the Capitol Hill Parade, July 4, 2015.
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