Despite the political tide turning against them, District of Columbia leaders are pushing ahead with their efforts to turn the nation's capital into the 51st state.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District in Congress, introduced a statehood bill on Wednesday, as she does in every Congress.
"All that's left to us, if we want the same birthright that every other American has, is statehood. So, we introduce this bill, we petition the Congress in the 216th year of the fight for equal treatment in our country," Norton said.
Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware introduced a similar bill in the Senate.