H. R. 51, Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

Summary: This bill provides for admission into the United States of the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, composed of most of the territory of the District of Columbia. The commonwealth shall be admitted to the Union on an equal footing with the other states.
 Cosponsors (Partisan)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 9/20/19.

STATUS: Introduced 1/03/19 by Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large].

  • 06/26/20: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 232 – 180 (Roll no. 122).


  • WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she was grateful to her friend Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her strong public statement today in support of Norton’s bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51).  Norton yesterday introduced H.R. 51 with a record 155 original cosponsors.  House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has committed to holding a hearing and markup on H.R. 51 this year. (Source: Rep. Norton, Press Release, 1/04/19)


  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.