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A Senate committee next week will launch hearings to debate statehood for Washington, D.C., a move that would upend the carefully crafted plans of the nation’s Founders solely to give the Democratic Party more control over the country’s future. “The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will convene a hearing on Tuesday on whether to grant Washington D.C. statehood status which would add one more representative and two senators to Congress,” Fox News reported Wednesday. And Democrats like Washington Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in the House of Representatives, cheered the news. “The Senate hearing shows that momentum continues to build for our D.C. statehood bill. D.C. statehood now has 54 percent support nationwide, according to the most recent detailed poll, and I expect that support to grow even more after the Senate hearing, as it has after the House hearings,” Norton said in a statement, according to The Hill. A minimum of 60 votes in the Senate are required to pass this bill and Republicans unanimously oppose it.

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