Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser applauded a move Wednesday by Senate and House Democrats to introduce legislation making D.C. the 51st state.
Congresswoman from D.C. Eleanor Holmes Norton has championed the measure and reintroduced it to the House Tuesday. The Rep says she has over 200 co-sponsors in support of it in the House.
"There’s never been a time when statehood for the District was more likely," Norton said in a statement. "We’re ready to achieve voting representation and full local self-government for the 712,000+ residents of the District of Columbia,” she added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, from California and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland have committed to bringing the bill to the floor for a vote.
According to The Washington Post, following the win by two Senators from Georgia, Jon Ossoff and Rob Warnock, an advocacy group in D.C. jumped into action.
"There is nothing in the way of us finally granting statehood to over 700,000 residents of Washington, D.C.,” Stasha Rhodes, the campaign director behind 51 for 51, told the Post. “We now see the light at the end of a very dark, undemocratic tunnel.”
The issue of D.C.’s statehood hit a peak this past summer when in June, President Trump sent the National Guard to suppress Black Lives Matter protestors. Residents in the city felt they were victims to a violent invasion, highlighting their uneven standing in the country.
“This blatant degradation of our home right before my own eyes offered another reminder — a particularly powerful one — of why we need statehood for the District,” the mayor wrote in The Washington Post that month.
And on June 26, a statehood bill passed the House of Representatives for the first time in history, with the support of all but one of the chamber’s Democrats, the Post reported.
While the bill could pass again in the House, which remains in Democratic control, it’s likely to hit a wall in the Senate, with Republican senators sure to filibuster, requiring 60 votes, or 10 Republicans to join the Dems.
For decades GOP lawmakers have opposed statehood for D.C. as it would almost unquestionably mean a dominantly congressional Democratic base.