Friday, September 12, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

Ahead of the first Senate hearing on D.C. statehood in 20 years, the Council sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to reiterate his support for the creation of New Columbia.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Hannah Hess

Updated 4:37 p.m. | Expect humanitarian and fiscal arguments for why the District of Columbia should become the 51st state during next week’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the issue.

The witness list for the first hearing on D.C. statehood in more than two decades includes local elected officials, constitutional law experts, a civil rights leader and senior Brookings Institution fellow Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and an expert on fiscal policy.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

The entire D.C. Council signed a letter that thanks Sen. Thomas Carper for holding a hearing on a statehood bill next week and asks the "Senate as a whole to move expeditiously to secure rights for over half a million citizens disenfranchised by their own government."

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs is scheduled to hold a hearing monday on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013, which Carper helped introduce. The bill currently has 16 co-sponsors in the Senate and 104 in the House.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization and gun laws are safe in a House bill needed to avoid a government shutdown.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Hannah Hess

House Republicans unveiled what they’re calling a “clean” continuing resolution on Tuesday night, to the delight of budget autonomy advocates in the District of Columbia.

Two divisive provisions in the House-passed spending bill that opponents said intruded on D.C.’s right to Home Rule were left out of the legislation that would keep the government functioning through Dec. 11.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Mike DeBonis

It was an active summer for House members inclined to intervene in District of Columbia affairs: Two provisions opposed by locally elected officials ended up in an appropriations bill passed by the House in July: Ameasure from Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) opposing liberalization of city marijuana laws and a measure from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) taking aim at the city’s aggressive gun laws.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Perry Stein

D.C.'s gun and marijuana laws are safe—for now.

Republican-sponsored bills that would have obliterated D.C.'s gun safety laws and marijuana laws are not included in the House's 2015 short-term continuing resolution—a bill introduced yesterday that would fund the government through Dec. 11.

Rep. Thomas Massie's legislation that would gut D.C.'s gun laws and Rep. Andy Harris' bill to effectively void the city's marijuana decriminalization law were both left out.

Monday, September 8, 2014 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Perry Stein

The statehood movement got a win today in its long—and very uphill—battle to make D.C. the country's 51st state.

Sen. Tom Carper, the Democratic chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called a hearing for D.C. statehood on Monday, Sept. 15—the first such hearing in more than 20 years. Carper is a sponsor of the Senate's statehood bill. Monday's hearing will discuss the implications of the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013, which also has thesupport of majority leader Harry Reid.

(OK, it's a small win.)

Monday, September 8, 2014 | Roll Call (DC) | Hannah Hess

It took more than a year, but D.C. statehood advocates are finally getting the hearing that Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Thomas R. Carper promised.

The Delaware Democrat will hold a full committee hearing Sept. 15 on his “New Columbia Admission Act,” a bill that would unite the eight wards of the city into a full-fledged state, excluding federal landmarks such as the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Carper introduced the measure in January 2013 and six months later tweeted about a fall 2013 hearing on statehood.

Monday, September 8, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Mike DeBonis

The campaign to make the District of Columbia into the nation’s 51st state will get its first hearing on Capitol Hill in more than two decades.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), will hear testimony next Monday, Sept. 15, on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013. The bill would shrink the federal district to a small area surrounding the White House and Capitol and admit the remainder of the District of Columbia as the 51st state.

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