DC flies flags with 51 stars ahead of statehood parade
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Dozens of American flags with 51 stars were hung in downtown Washington, D.C., on Friday ahead of a statehood hearing next week.

About 140 of these flags were seen on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, WTOP reported.

The flags were put up days before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday on a bill to make the District of Columbia the U.S.’s 51st state. It’s the first House hearing on D.C. statehood since 1993, WTOP noted.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, GOP allies prepare for SCOTUS nomination this week DC investing M to help small businesses winterize outdoor dining areas DC mayor launches .3M initiative to provide low-income students with free internet access MORE (D) will testify at the hearing.

The bill was introduced in January by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' DeJoy defends Postal Service changes at combative House hearing DC delegate highlights effects of Postal Service quagmire on community MORE (D) and has 219 co-sponsors. Its companion Senate bill has more than 30 co-sponsors.

The flags were also installed ahead of a downtown parade on Monday morning called the 51 Star Flag Salute to D.C. Statehood. The parade, which will take place along Pennsylvania Avenue, moves to urge Congress to give voting rights and representation to the District’s nearly 700,000 residents.