Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle

After the U.S. House of Representatives debated a D.C. statehood bill in 1992, the measure made it out of committee before being killed during a vote on the House floor. But a statehood bill debated yesterday in the U.S. Senate may not even make it out of committee — despite Democrats controlling the chamber.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Governing.com | Chris Kardish

The last time Congress considered legislation to change the District of Columbia’s status as a non-voting federal jurisdiction, it was only a partial measure and Democrats controlled both chambers as well as the White House. But in an environment where even 2009’s halfway measure looks highly unlikely -- if not impossible -- supporters are pushing for full statehood.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Washington Business Journal (DC) | Tucker Echols

President Barack Obama is for D.C. Statehood, as are quite a few of his neighbors in the District of Columbia. On Monday, those boosters will make the first concrete progress toward that goal in 20 years. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013. The hearing will be the first about D.C. statehood since 1993, when a similar House measure went up for a vote.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Slate.com | Ben Mathis-Lilley
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Clinton Yates

Along the walk underground from the Capitol to the Dirksen Senate Building, you traverse a long, soulless hallway with a mini train track. As the path curves around, a flag of each state hangs with a corresponding circular crest. Each state’s flag hangs in the order of its admission to the United States.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

A Senate committee held a hearing Monday on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia. Or perhaps it's better to say a single Senator held a hearing on the bill, since only Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), who chairs the committee and introduced the legislation, stayed for the entire duration.

Monday, September 15, 2014 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis

D.C. residents and city lawmakers packed a Senate hearing Monday for their first chance in two decades to make the case that the nation’s capital should be the 51st state.

Monday, September 15, 2014 | Guardian (United Kingdom) | Lauren Gambino

Supporters of granting the District of Columbia statehood asked members of a Senate panel on Monday to make the American capital the 51st state in the union.

Monday, September 15, 2014 | In the Capital | Brian Warmoth

President Barack Obama may think that granting D.C. full statehood is "the right thing to do," but the topic hasn't received enough backing from Congress to get so much as a hearing in two decades. That will change as of 3:00 p.m. on Monday when the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs holds a hearing about whether or not D.C. should become a state called "New Columbia."

Monday, September 15, 2014 | DCist.com | Sarah Anne Hughes

A Senate committee will hold a hearing on a D.C. statehood bill for the first time in 20 years today. While this is a major visibility boost for the movement, the bill is unlikely to go anywhere, as the Post was kind enough to point out.

The story is less cynical than the tweet, but the message is still the same: Today's statehood hearing is just another "exercise" in what may ultimately be a futile fight. But statehood activist Josh Burch frames the hearing a different way: Another important part of a long process.