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AND EVEN AS I SPEAK, ONCE AGAIN, THE DISTRICT,

BECAUSE IT LACKS SOVEREIGNTY, FACES STILL ANOTHER

DEVELOPMENT CRISIS.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS

FILED A LAWSUIT CONTENDING THAT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

COUNCIL LACKS THE AUTHORITY TO CONVEY TITLE AND CLOSE

STREETS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. WHILE THE LAWSUIT

IS DIRECTED AT A PLANNED CONSTRUCTION OF THE TECHWORLD

PROJECT, IT HAS CAUSED DELAY IN STREET CLOSING

APPLICATION BY GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY.

THIS INTERFERENCE

REPRESENTS A SERIOUS THREAT TO ANY FUTURE STREET CLOSING

APPLICATIONS AND PLACES A CLOUD ON THE TITLE OF ALL

PAST STREET CLOSINGS, AND THERE HAVE BEEN MANY.

THIS

PROBLEM NEEDS IMMEDIATE CONGRESSIONAL ACTION.

WITHOUT

SENATORS, WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT SOMEONE WILL TAKE UP THE

TORCH FOR US.

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FINALLY, THE LEGISLATION TURNING OVER THE RFK

STADIUM IS, AT THIS MOMENT, LANGUISHING IN THE HALLS OF

CONGRESS WHICH CAUSES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE INABILITY

FOR US TO ATTRACT A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM.

THERE ARE MANY OTHER EXAMPLES THAT COULD BE

CITED, HOWEVER, I BELIEVE I HAVE MADE MY POINT,

MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS FOR THE REASONS I HAVE

STATED THAT I STRONGLY SUPPORT YOUR LEGISLATION,

H.R. 325, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CREATION OF A STATE OUT OF

THE NON-FEDERAL PARTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

THE

ARGUMENT THAT CONGRESS WAS GIVEN THE EXCLUSIVE

LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS

PRESERVED BY MAINTAINING THE FEDERAL ENCLAVE.

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THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CURRENT FUNCTIONS IN A

CURIOUS WAY,

I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE WOULD RUN A

BUSINESS IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE DISTRICT MUST CONDUCT

ITS AFFAIRS. AS A BUSINESSMAN, I DO NOT WANT TO

CONTINUE TO RUN MY BUSINESS UNDER A SYSTEM WHERE THE

LAST WORD MAY NOT BE THE LAST WORD,

I URGE PASSAGE OF

H.R. 325,

I BEG YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THIS

COMMITTEE, TO IMPRESS UPON YOUR COLLEAGUES THE UTTER

SHAME IN THIS LAND OF DEMOCRACY OF CONTINUING THE SECOND

CLASS CHARACTER OF OUR CITIZENSHIP IN STARK CONTRAST, I

EMPHASIZE, WITH THE REST OF WORLD.

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OF THE 117 NATIONS OF THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL

LEGISLATURES, THE UNITED STATES STANDS ALONE IN DENYING

EQUAL REPRESENTATION TO THE RESIDENTS OF THEIR CAPITAL

CITY IN THEIR NATIONAL LEGISLATURES,

AUSTRALIA TAILORED THEIR CONSTITUTION AFTER

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BUT IN CREATING ITS

CAPITAL, CANBERRA OUT OF VIRGIN TERRITORY, IN THE SAME

MANNER AS WASHINGTON, D. C., THE AUSTRALIANS PROVIDED

FOR CANBERRA RESIDENTS TO HAVE FULL AND EQUAL

REPRESENTATION IN THEIR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND

SENATE,

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LONDON, PARIS, BONN, EVEN MOSCOW FOR LORD'S

SAKE...I REPEAT 117 NATIONS, ALL HAVE EQUAL NATIONAL

REPRESENTATION

BRAZIL DENIED RESIDENTS OF BRAZILIA

SUCH FULL REPRESENTATION, BUT THEY CORRECTED THIS LAST

YEAR SO IT IS NOT TOO LATE..... WE, THE PEOPLE OF THIS

SO CALLED CAPITAL OF THE FREE WORLD STAND AS THE ONLY

FORGOTTEN PEOPLE OF THAT WORLD.

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