SUPERMAJORITY JOINS FIX OUR SENATE IN CALLING TO ELIMINATE FILIBUSTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2021
Fix Our Senate: Eliminate the Filibuster to Open the Door for DC Statehood
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.”
Fix Our Senate is a campaign and coalition fighting for the broken Senate to be fixed so that the newly-elected government can get to work cleaning up President Trump’s messes and tackling the major challenges facing families, communities, and the country. Our highest priority is the elimination of the legislative filibuster, an outdated Senate rule that has been weaponized and abused by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to block overwhelmingly popular legislation supported by a majority of elected senators.
Fix Our Senate coordinates work with allied organizations and advocates, serves as a resource for research and messaging guidance, communicates to key audiences directly and through the media, and uses any and all tools at our disposal to educate and persuade senators, candidates, and the public about the need for reform.