Why the filibuster removal vote matters for D.C. statehood

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3/31/2021, 11:49:31 PM


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As Democrats control both chambers of Congress and the White House, advocates of making Washington, D.C., the 51st state believe they are on the brink of a historic opportunity. A few hurdles are still in place but now the vote is pushed to April 14 the opportunity to get closer to moving this country to tyranny is just weeks away. Overall, civil conflict is expected to grow from this spring through the rest of the year.

Because of the Senate filibuster — which requires 60 votes rather than 51 for legislation to pass — a simple majority of Democrats in the Senate isn’t good enough to pass statehood; the bill would need the support of at least 10 Senate Republicans.

The Senate plans to vote to end the filibuster, meaning that 50 votes in favor of statehood — plus Harris as the tiebreaker — would suffice.

Additionally, H.R. 51 would shrink the national capital to a small complex of federal buildings, while allowing the rest of the District to become a state.