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Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Thursday she wants to display an altered American flag with 51 – instead of 50 – stars outside her congressional office to demonstrate support for making 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–to make the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state. Ahead of the hearing, the city of D.C. ordered and displayed 140 American flags with the extra star.
The article goes on to state the following:
Tlaib told Mayor Muriel Bowser during the hearing, “I would love one. I would love to hang it outside of my office.”
The D.C. 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 on to the legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t bring a D.C. statehood bill for a vote.
— DannyJ🇺🇸 (@GreyHouseDan) September 19, 2019
— DC Vote (@DC_Vote) September 19, 2019
— Rachel Kurzius (@Curious_Kurz) September 19, 2019
Tlaib vows to display altered American flag with 51 stars in support of DC statehood: Flags fly at sunset with 51 instead of the usual 50 stars, along Pennsylvania Ave., part of a display in support of statehood for the District of Columbia, Sunday,… https://t.co/KU2uW64yJU pic.twitter.com/DWzC9m8uAc
— Equity News Report (@news_equity) September 19, 2019
About 140 New flags along Pennsylvania Ave from White House to Capitol. These flags all have 51 stars. @MayorBowser ordered them installed ahead of @DCstatehood51 hearing next week. #DCStatehood #51state pic.twitter.com/LPAKUHQ2Iv
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) September 13, 2019
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