D.C. Statehood Gets Support From U.S. House

March 12, 2019 AT 7:30 AM

By Keara Dowd

The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that includes support for D.C. statehood.

H.R. 1, or the For the People Act, was passed along party lines on Friday by a vote of 234-193.

It’s a wide-ranging bill aimed at expanding voting access, revamping ethics investigations and would require presidential candidates to release tax documents. It also includes “extensive findings supporting statehood for D.C.” according to a statement from D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

It’s the first time that either chamber of Congress has passed a measure endorsing D.C. statehood.

“There is no other way to describe it — this is historic,” Norton said in a statement.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser applauded the bill’s passage as well, and thanked Norton for her tireless work on the issue.

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