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For the first time in more than two decades, Congress will hear testimony Monday, Sept. 15 on whether the District of Columbia should become the 51st state in the country.
A street fight for statehood may go right to the White House.
The argument for D.C. statehood is decades old, but Mayor Vincent Gray says that local support for the idea is reaching new heights, and got a national boost this week.
District of Columbia leaders will be using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to advocate for statehood and greater autonomy for the city.
The call for D.C. statehood will greet thousands of Democrat delegates en route to the convention events in Charlotte, N.C., this week.
The District of Columbia's Democratic mayor plans to take his campaign for statehood to the Republican Party's national convention in Tampa.
"Statehood for the District would require shrinking the federal district down to the White House, the Capitol and the federal buildings, and ceding the (remaining) land to a new state," Md. Sen. Jamie Raskin said. "That would be the same process as retroceding the District to Maryland."
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