On Monday, June 4, Flag Day, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered that 51-star American flags be put up along Pennsylvania Avenue. The mayor said that she told her staff to hang the 51-star flags to show Congress and the rest of the country that the 700,000 tax-paying Americans who live in Washington, D.C. want to be recognized. “On Flag Day, we celebrate American ideals, American history, and American freedom. “But representation is the very core of these ideals and the basis of our freedom,” Mayor Bowser said in a statement. “DC’s lack of voting rights is a stain on American democracy. It’s a wrong that’s been going on for 220 years that needs to be fixed.”
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The stars on the American flag stand for each of the 50 states. Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959. On July 4, 1960, the 50 stars on the American flag were made official. Lawmakers still disagree about whether or not D.C. should be a state. D.C. has more than 700,000 people living there, which is more than Wyoming or Vermont. However, the people who live there don’t have a vote in the House or a voice in the Senate. Nor does the district have any say over what goes on in its own area. According to the 2019 IRS data book, D.C. pays more in federal taxes than 21 states and has more capital than any other state.
House passes DC statehood legislation
In April, Democratic lawmakers in the House passed the “DC Admission Act,” which would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state and give its residents full representation in Congress.
Republican lawmakers have said that because Washington, D.C. was set up by Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution, any change to the district must come in the form of a constitutional amendment, not a law from Congress. They have also said that the idea of making D.C. a state is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to get more power by adding two more senators from a liberal stronghold.
In her statement on Monday, Bowser talked about the leaked draught of a Supreme Court opinion that said Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that made abortion legal, was about to be overturned.
“As people all over the country get ready for a decision on the future of Roe v. Wade, we are also reminded that DC’s disenfranchisement affects not just people in D.C., but also people all over the country who share our values,” Bowser said. “The stakes are even higher for people in Washington, but we stand with the majority of Americans who support a woman’s right to choose.”
Bowser said that most D.C. residents agree “with the majority of Americans” that “common-sense gun reforms” are needed.
Bowser said, “We’re at a turning point for American democracy, and it’s up to the Senate to do the right thing, accept representation, and get DC statehood on the President’s desk.”
On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the country will celebrate Flag Day for the 106th time.
Americans all over the country will pay tribute to the national flag. The first design for the flag was approved by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, almost a year after the U.S. declared its independence.