Double efforts for the Democrats as they race against time in introducing a bill in Congress would forever shift the power balance largely on the Senate floor.
Delaware Sen. Tom Carper submitted a bill converting the District of Columbia as a state. If such happens, D.C. would become the 51st state and would create two new senators.
Given that D.C. is a liberal stronghold, the Dems would essentially snatch the two new Senate seats forever.
“This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue; it’s an American issue because the lack of fair representation for D.C. residents is clearly inconsistent with the values on which this country was founded,” said Carper in a statement.
About 700,000 Americans comprise in Washington, D.C., and Carper claims they deserve two seats in the Senate.
According to CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham remarked in July, “This is about expanding the Senate map to accommodate the most radical agenda that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been up here.”
“There’s nothing these people won’t do to change the face of the country, and we’re tired of it,” continued the senator, adding that they would fight back.
“We’re gonna make sure Nancy Pelosi and all those who are driving her do not win the day,” added Graham.
Currently, converting D.C. into a state wouldn’t be easy. As long as the Senate remains, the Dems would need 10 willing Republicans to join the party.
However, if the filibuster collapses, the left could then push the statehood for D.C. simply through a majority vote, where Vice President Kamala Harris breaks a 50-50 tie.
Campaign manager for the “51 for 51” group, Stasha Rhodes, saw an opening and linked the Capitol “insurgence” to the statehood of D.C.
“I think that our entrenched systems of white supremacy protected the men and women committing treason,” said Rhodes.
The campaign manager commented that for more than 200 years, the same racist institutions underrated the majority of black and brown D.C. residents.
“Any time D.C.’s lack of sovereignty is on display for the nation, and it heightens the awareness and the calls for statehood.”
“In my view, it would be a devastating civil rights failure if we didn’t achieve statehood now,” added Rhodes.