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Mayor of Washington DC adds 51st star to American flags flying above Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser adds a 51st star to the American flags displayed on Pennsylvania Avenue for Tuesday’s Flag Day holiday.

This June 14 marks the 106th Flag Day celebrated in the United States.

Bowser’s controversial decision to add a star to the already-existing 50 — representing every state in the Union — comes on the heels of a US House-approved measure that would grant the District of Columbia statehood.

However, the Senate has not approved the measure — and it won’t.

There is a growing movement among Democrats to introduce the District of Columbia as a full-fledged state. The people who live within its borders currently do not have a voting member of Congress, despite residents paying more federal taxes than 21 other states.

In a statement, Bowser said: “Today, in the lead up to Flag Day, I instructed our team to hang 51-star flags along Pennsylvania Avenue as a reminder to Congress and the nation that the 700,000 tax-paying American citizens living in Washington DC living demands be recognized.’

An American flag with 51 stars for the state of Washington, D.C. waves on Pennsylvania Avenue the first weekend of spring on March 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

An American flag with 51 stars for the state of Washington, D.C. waves on Pennsylvania Avenue the first weekend of spring on March 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

The traditional 50-star American flag was made the union's official flag on July 4, 1960.  The stars represent the 50 states

The traditional 50-star American flag was made the union’s official flag on July 4, 1960. The stars represent the 50 states

The mayor continued: “On Flag Day, we celebrate American ideals, American history and American freedom. But the foundation of those ideals, and the basis of our freedom, is representation. The deprivation of DC’s rights is a blot on American democracy – a 220-year-old mistake that must be corrected.”

The traditional 50-star American flag was made the union’s official flag on July 4, 1960. The stars represent the 50 states.

The last state to be admitted was Hawaii, which took place in August 1959.

During a recent speech at the March for Our Lives on June 11, Mayor Bowser pleaded with Congress to grant statehood to DC in addition to advocating gun control reform.

The mayor referred to gun control and Roe v Wade when announcing the presence of 51 star flags around the nation’s capital on Flag Day.

Mayor Bowser faces re-election on Democrat ticket in November 2022

Mayor Bowser faces re-election on Democrat ticket in November 2022

During a recent speech at the March for Our Lives on June 11, Mayor Bowser implored Congress to grant statehood to DC, in addition to advocating gun control reform.

During a recent speech at the March for Our Lives on June 11, Mayor Bowser implored Congress to grant statehood to DC, in addition to advocating gun control reform.

Mayor Bowser said: “As Americans across the country brace themselves for a decision on Roe v. Wade’s future, we are also reminded that the D.C. exclusion affects not only Americans living in D.C. Americans across the country who share our values.”

She added: “We also stand shoulder to shoulder with the majority of Americans who demand common sense from gun reforms, and with the majority of Americans who want to build a more inclusive democracy.”

Mayor Bowser faces re-election on the Democrat ticket in November 2022. She is aiming for her third term as mayor, having been first elected in 2014.

In May 2022, Bowser’s candidacy was ratified by: the Washington Post.

Statehood can only be achieved by DC if the House and Senate pass legislation and send it to the president to sign it into law.

According to the DC State information page on Mayor Bowser’s website, this is how all but the original 13 got state.

DC has more residents than Vermont or Wyoming and pays more in federal taxes than 21 other states.

The information page goes on to say that the main reason proponents are seeking a state for DC is to give the city’s roughly 700,000 residents more of a voice in Congress.

DC House Rep.  Eleanor Holmes Norton Can't Vote in House

DC House Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton Can’t Vote in House

Currently, DC is represented in the House by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who can sit on committees, participate in debates and introduce legislation – but cannot vote on bills in the House.

In June 2020 and April 2021, the House passed the DC state laws proposed by Norton.

Republicans have long opposed the state of DC — because it would likely provide two additional Senate seats and a potential power switch for Democrats.

In June 2022, it was announced that the newest US Navy nuclear submarine to be added to the fleet would be named the USS District of Columbia, in honor of the nation’s capital.

Norton said of the naming, “It’s fitting that it recognizes what the 51st state will be.”

If admitted to the union, DC would be the only state with a black majority.

Mayor Bowser concluded her statement on 51 star flags, saying, “We are at a turning point for American democracy, and it is in the power of the Senate to do the right thing, embrace representation and bring the state of DC to the office.” from the president.”

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