The Prince George’s County Council, during session today, Tuesday, February 11, 2020, voted unanimously to adopt Council-Resolution 004-2020, formally declaring support for admitting the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the United States of America.
The County Council’s declaration comes as the House Committee on Oversight and Reform committee considers HR-51, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The proposed legislation, if passed, would make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state, and provide its residents full voting representation in Congress - two senators and one house member.
Council Chair Todd M. Turner says the Council strongly supports a full voting voice for the District of Columbia.
“The County Council is pleased to support the enduring statehood quest by our sister jurisdiction, the District of Columbia, to have its residents enjoy the full rights and privileges of statehood. We commend Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton for the introduction of this critical legislation advancing the principles of democracy, under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
The Council resolution, expressing the sentiments of the Prince George’s County Council and urging Congress to use its powers to admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union, will be shared with the Maryland Congressional Delegation, the District of Columbia Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, the Prince George’s County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.