The holiday celebrates the passage of the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, signed by President Lincoln on April 16.
Proposed by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the bill, H.R.51, to be discussed and voted on tomorrow, would declare the city a new state, named “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.”
Plotkin wrote for all manner of news outlets, including, in recent years, The Georgetowner, where his last pieces appeared in 2017, and the Hill, where he covered the first hectic years of the Trump administration.
Proposed by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the legislation would shrink the District — the official seat of the federal government — to two square miles.
Here is the complete text of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s State of the District address, as delivered on Monday, March 18, at the University of the District of Columbia.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton reported on Feb. 21 that she had introduced H.R.51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, and obtained a record 155 original cosponsors.