51 for 51 urges full representation for the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia — who have all the same responsibilities, but not the same rights, as our fellow Americans.

We deserve a voice in Congress and control over our own local laws. But an outdated rule in the Senate requiring 60 votes to pass most laws stands in the way of over 700,000 Americans having a voice in Congress.

Just two years ago, the Senate changed this rule so only 51 votes are needed to confirm Supreme Court justices. If 51 votes is enough to confirm a Supreme Court justice, it should be enough to make D.C. the 51st state and give D.C. residents the same rights as all other Americans.

D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve on juries and in the U.S. military, and work hard to build safe, strong communities where we live — just like other Americans. But D.C.’s lack of statehood means that the laws and budgets we pass have to be approved by Congress — where we don’t have a vote.

The 20 key endorsements we have received for D.C. statehood with 51 votes in the Senate:

That’s because they, and millions across the country, understand the urgency of the issue. On issues from reproductive rights to gun violence prevention to the student debt crisis, more than 700,000 D.C. residents have no vote in Congress to be the voice to fight for their rights and their communities.

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