D.C. Statehood House Hearing Nears
Bowser leads rally for D.C. statehood as House hearing nears
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday pressed her campaign for District statehood, leading a caravan toward the U.S. Capitol, past 140 newly hung American flags with an extra 51st star to symbolize the city’s quest for congressional voting rights.
With a House hearing on D.C. statehood, the first in 25 years, scheduled for Thursday, Bowser (D) hired two double-decker buses to travel a largely barren parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue NW. At the end of the procession, she addressed a rally that included District government employees who were prodded to attend by mayoral aides.
At Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, where the parade concluded, the mayor pumped her fist as Bernie Siler, 67, a retired Army reservist, climbed a ladder and placed on a lamppost one of the 51-star flags purchased with taxpayer funds.
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