The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is slated to hold a hearing next Monday to discuss statehood for the District of Columbia.
Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) will lead the hearing that had been promised for more than a year.
Sixteen Democrats have signed on as sponsors of a bill to make it happen, while 99 Democrats in the House are behind a similar measure.
Last year, the White House began using the District’s “taxation without representation” license plates on the president’s motorcade.
The New Columbia Admission Act, introduced by Carper last year, would set up procedures for the district to hold elections for two senators and a House representative, among other steps to become a state.