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H.R. 51 (117th): Washington, D.C. Admission Act

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To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union.

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Sponsor and status

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Sponsor. Representative for the District of Columbia. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2021
Length: 100 pages
Jan 4, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 22, 2021 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


216 Cosponsors (216 Democrats)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 51 – Washington, D.C. Admission Act (Apr 20, 2021)

What legislators are saying

Norton Introduces Resolution Recognizing D.C. Servicemembers and Veterans in Advance of Memorial Day
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] (Sponsor) on May 26, 2022

Sarbanes Remarks on Hispanic Heritage Month [Video]
    — Rep. John Sarbanes [D-MD3] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 22, 2021

Mullin Votes Against Unconstitutional D.C. Statehood Bill
    — Sen. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK] on Apr 23, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 51 will add $86 million in new spending through 2031.


Jan 4, 2021

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Apr 14, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Apr 16, 2021
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Rule).

Apr 22, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 51 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 51. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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