Fix Our Senate Spokesman Eli Zupnick: “We must now make sure the filibuster does not block D.C. statehood’s passage in the Senate."
Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act. Introduced by D.C.’s own non-voting Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the bill would make the District of Columbia a state, thereby ending the disenfranchisement of its residents and finally giving them voting representation in Congress. Despite a majority of Americans supporting D.C. statehood, not a single Republican representative voted in favor, which signals the unlikelihood of it getting the 10 Republican votes needed to clear a filibuster in the Senate.
Eli Zupnick, spokesman for Fix Our Senate, gave the following statement:
"Like so many other bills moving through the House right now, H.R. 51 has absolutely no shot in the Senate unless the filibuster—Sen. McConnell’s weapon of partisan obstruction—is eliminated. After centuries of disenfranchisement for the majority Black and Brown residents of the District, it’s long past time to make D.C. a state. We commend lawmakers like Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton for their decades of tireless work to pass this bill in the House, and must now make sure the filibuster does not block D.C. statehood’s passage in the Senate.”