Flags fly at sunset with 51 instead of the usual 50 stars, Pennsylvania Ave., of a display in support of statehood for the District of Columbia, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Michigan democratic Republic Rashida Tlaib said on Thursday it wants to show an altered American flag with 51 instead of 50 stars, the front of the Congress office, to demonstrate support for the creation of the district of Columbia a state.
The comments came during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a longshot Democratic bill–which faces resistance from Republicans-the District of Columbia, the country 51st state. Prior to the hearing, the city of DC, ordered and displayed 140 American flags with an extra star.
Tlaib mayor Muriel Bowser, the I would during the hearing, “said a. I would like to hang it outside of my office.”
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Bowser replied, “Yes, I understand.”
The mayor explained the rationale for the flag.
“We honor our flag,” she said. “And we think it is more perfect if each of the taxpayers represented by the American flag.”
The DC statehood bill has more than 200 co-sponsors and the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority Leader Steny Hoyer, both Democrats. No Republicans in Congress have signed up to the legislation and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is not a DC statehood bring the bill up for a vote.
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The bill calls for district-wide elections, two senators and a Congressman. It says that all of the district area would be in the new condition save for the specific exclusions from Federal buildings and monuments, such as the White house and the Capitol.
Democrats argued for the rule of law is necessary because DC residents lack adequate representation in Congress.
Republicans said the authors of the Constitution intended for the nation’s capital to a Federal district.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.