Congress and the Governance of the Nation's Capital: The by Charles Wesley Harris

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Congress and the Governance of the Nation's Capital: The clash of Federal and native

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Letitia W. Brown, Free Negroes in the District of Columbia, 17901846 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1972), 10, 17. 3. Actually, there had been petitions for retrocession by residents of both Virginia and Maryland portions of the District (Alexandria and Georgetown), but Congress ignored the latter. Washington Post, 11 March 1990, B-2. See also Constance McLaughlin Green, WashingtonVillage and Capital, 18001878 (Princeton University Press, 1962), 17879. 25 square miles in land. , 31 May 1994.

The congressman stood his ground, however, contending that he had successfully shepherded through Congress the first home rule bill in approximately one hundred years. The White House maintained a low profile in this controversy. President Richard M. Nixon did not take a public position on any of the proposed bills, but reiterated his pledge to ''work receptively and cooperatively . . "18 White House officials met several times with the House Page 10 sponsors, and the compromise provision giving the president emergency authority over the local police was requested by the administration.

She became a member of the Appropriations Committee at the beginning of the 93d Congress (197374)11 Representative Green emerged as the leader of the Democratic opposition to the committee bill. Under her leadership, and with the Page 18 strong assistance of Representative Nelsen, the home rule bill was successfully amended to create the National Capital Service Area. This core area of the federal district, running from Capitol Hill to Theodore Roosevelt Island, contained the Capitol and related buildings, monuments, federal offices, and historical sites.

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