The next steps for S.51 Washington Statehood bill

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The proposed Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S.51) would, if I understand it correctly, pave the way for the immediate election of two senators from the new Douglass Commonwealth state. In all likelihood, these additional senators would be Democrats and thus make it easier for the Democrats to pass further bills.

What would need to happen for the bill to pass, and what are the obstacles? It has been co-sponsored by 45 senators, which means 5 of the Democratic senators have not co-sponsored it. Are any on the record as opposed or undecided? Is this bill subject to a filibuster? Are shenanigans such meeting in the middle of night, etc., available?

Since the House seems to have already passed the identical H.R.51, I assume that if the Senate passes S.51, it will take effect?

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