For the first time in more than two decades, Congress will hear testimony Monday, Sept. 15 on whether the District of Columbia should become the 51st state in the country.
A street fight for statehood may go right to the White House.
The argument for D.C. statehood is decades old, but Mayor Vincent Gray says that local support for the idea is reaching new heights, and got a national boost this week.
The call for D.C. statehood will greet thousands
of Democrat delegates en route to the convention
events in Charlotte, N.C., this week.
\”Statehood for the District would require shrinking the federal district down to the White House, the Capitol and the federal buildings, and ceding the (remaining) land to a new state,\” Md. Sen. Jamie Raskin said. \”That would be the same process as retroceding the District to Maryland.\”