With Democrats’ Victory in Georgia, Passing D.C. Statehood With 51 Senate Votes is Within Reach
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Associated Press called the Senate run-off elections in Georgia for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.
51 for 51 Campaign Director Stasha Rhodes issued the following statement in response:
“51 for 51 congratulates Senators-elect Ossoff and Warnock for their victory in this historic election. With 50 Democratic senators plus Vice President-elect Harris, an endorser of 51 for 51, as the tie breaking vote, our coalition is confident that we will finally achieve the centuries-long mission for D.C. statehood.
The only viable path to enacting D.C. statehood is bypassing the filibuster — a Jim Crow relic that has been used to block hundreds of racial justice bills. Several sitting senators, as well as President-elect Biden, have committed to circumventing this arcane rule to pass D.C. statehood.
D.C.’s population is majority-Black and Brown, and its exclusion from the halls of Congress is nothing short of racist. We expect and demand that the House and Senate act within the next 100 days to make D.C. a state and correct this historic injustice.”
51 for 51 is a coalition of D.C.-based and national groups committed to equal representation for the over 700,000 D.C. residents who remain locked out of our democracy. The coalition of 20 progressive groups believe American citizens living in the District deserve a voice in Congress and control over their own local laws. Already, President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and Senators Warren, Markey, Gillibrand and Hickenlooper have endorsed 51 for 51’s proposed path to statehood.