We did it: We defeated Donald Trump and won a Democratic trifecta. But Trump’s presidency was a symptom, not the cause, of the problems facing our country. Our democracy has been rigged for people like Trump (wealthy white guys) since the very beginning of this country’s founding. So now the real work begins. We need to ensure that a corrupt, far-right extremist like Trump is never elected again, and that starts with making sure democracy reform, including and especially statehood for the District of Columbia, is one of the Biden administration’s top priorities.
So, why is democracy reform so important? Everything we care about as progressives — health care, immigration, economic justice, racial justice, the courts, climate change, and everything else — is only fixable in a democracy that is responsive to the people, not the powerful and wealthy. D.C. statehood is a critical part of our democracy reform plan because it would enfranchise over 700,000 people and provide two new senators who would be vital to fixing our broken Senate.
Democrats have already signaled that democracy reform is high on their priority list. In 2019, the House passed the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a landmark democracy reform bill that included: expanded voting rights and election security measures, public funding for elections, and plans to fight racial and partisan gerrymandering at all levels of government.
In 2019, House Democrats also passed H.R. 51, the D.C. statehood bill -- the first time in history that D.C. statehood passed either chamber of Congress. While both bills stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate, we must take the opportunity to put democracy reform and D.C. statehood front and center in the new Congress.
Both the For the People Act and the D.C. Statehood bill have already been introduced in the new Congress.
Record a video telling your Members of Congress to prioritize passing H.R. 1 and D.C. statehood as their first act in the new Congress.