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H.Res. 58: Memorializing the unborn by lowering the United States flag to half-staff on the 22d day of January each year.

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Should Roe mean the flag is flown low?


When the American flag is flown at half-staff, it signifies respect for a person’s memory. Only the president can order the American flag to be flown at half-staff nationwide, which federal law says they can declare “upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government.”

A few such instances are mandated in federal law. For example, the flag must be flown at half-staff for 30 days following the death of a former president. So, hypothetically, Joe Biden couldn’t overrule that law and unilaterally declare the flag to continue to fly normally upon, for example, the death of a former president who was the incumbent’s opponent or rival.

Other than such cases mandated by federal law, it’s up to the …

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Jody Hice

Sponsor. Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Jan 21, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 21, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 21, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


51 Cosponsors (51 Republicans)



Jan 21, 2021

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H.Res. 58 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 58. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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