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Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer reverses stand, announces support for D.C. statehood

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer reverses stand, announces support for D.C. statehood

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said Thursday that he wants to see the District become the 51st state, reversing his long-held opposition to D.C. statehood.

“Statehood would provide those in our nation’s capital with the best chance of attaining what residents of every other national capital in our fellow democracies enjoy: full representation in their national legislature,” he wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

“Americans in the District have been denied not only a member with full voting rights in the House of Representatives but also two U.S. senators — simply because of where they live,” Hoyer wrote. “This continues even while the District...

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