D.C. Mayor Bowser orders 51-star U.S. flags for Flag Day, highlights city's long push for statehood

“DC’s disenfranchisement is a stain on American democracy – a 220-year-old wrong that demands to be righted,” Mayor Bowser said

Updated: June 14, 2022 - 1:56pm

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Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered 51-star U.S. flags be displayed on Flag Day on Tuesday to remind the country's about the district's decades-long effort to become a state.

Bowser, a Democrat, has ordered the flags to be hung along Pennsylvania Avenue NW "as a reminder to Congress and the nation that the 700,000 tax-paying American citizens living in Washington, D.C. demand to be recognized.”

Pennsylvania Avenue runs from the White House to Capitol Hill.

Without statehood, the district has limited representation in Congress. It has no senator and only one House member, who can cast preliminary but not final votes. However, liberal-leaning D.C. has three electoral votes in presidential elections. 

House Democrats in April passed the "Washington, D.C. Admission Act."

The bill would allow for "admission into the United States of the state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth," which would be "composed of most of the territory of the District of Columbia."

No action has been taken on the legislation in the Senate.

"The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed the Washington, DC Admission Act, and now the U.S. Senate must do the same," Bowser said.