Democratic leaders on Wednesday have urged the passing of D.C. statehood in the House and called for the Senate to end the filibuster in order to create the 51st state.
“I hope the filibuster is gone., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. “It is not democratic that a minority can interrupt the majority.”
“Without the filibuster, there will be a push for D.C. statehood., added Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. “And I believe the filibuster is going away.”
The lawmakers, with House Speaker Pelosi, spoke about the benefits of granting D.C. statehood on Wednesday.
The House is scheduled to vote on the issue of D.C. statehood on Thursday and Hoyer said he believes the bill will be supported by all House Democrats. President Biden has also come out in support of D.C. statehood and would sign the law.
The biggest challenge will be the Senate, which is split. And with the filibuster in place, the bill would require 60 votes to go forward. Hoyer said this Wednesday he hoped the Senate changes the “undemocratic” filibuster.
“Hopefully the people will say to the Senate … it is undemocratic for the majority to be held hostage by the minority., Hoyer said. “Our plan is to pass good legislation … and hope the Senate, using majority vote, will accept the people’s will.”
If passed, D.C. would have control over local affairs and complete representation in Washington, which would mean two senators and one representative. All three of which are expected to be easy-wins for Democrats.
Author: Blake Ambrose