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House Proceeding 03-12-09 on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 1:50:20 to 1:52:50
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Elijah E. Cummings

1:50:16 to 1:50:36( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: committee on oversight, has a view on this issue of a voting representative for the district of columbia. mr. cummings: will the gentleman yield? mr. ellison: mr. cummings: i want to thank the gentleman for yielding and i want to thank you and the progressive caucus, which i am a member of, for taking up this cause. i also want to thank

Elijah E. Cummings

1:50:20 to 1:52:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Elijah E. Cummings

1:50:37 to 1:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: congresswoman eleanor holmes norton. i don't care where she goes, she has made it clear that the people of the district of columbia deserve a vote. as a matter of fact, if it were up to me, they would have two senators and representatives.

Elijah E. Cummings

1:50:59 to 1:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: we have one life to live. this is no dress rehearsal. and we have people here in the district as my good friend from missouri just said who do it right. they get up every morning. you can see them at the bus stops. they go to work, they raise

Elijah E. Cummings

1:51:20 to 1:51:40( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: their children, they do the same things that people do in your dtrict and in mine. they pay their taxes. and they are part of the society, building the society and mang it the best that it can be, but then when it comes time for them to have a vote in

Elijah E. Cummings

1:51:41 to 1:52:01( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: this body we say no. it seems to me that that just smacks democracy in the face. when we think about representative government, we think about going to a town hall meeting, for example, as i did just two weeks ago listening to my constituents and then being able to come this floor and vote their

Elijah E. Cummings

1:52:02 to 1:52:23( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: wishes. that's what reprentative government is all about. that's the essence of a democracy. the other piece of that democracy that is so significant is that individuals ' right to vote and the ability to take that vote and transform it into power. they all cannot come here and

Elijah E. Cummings

1:52:24 to 1:52:45( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: be a part of this process. significant that they have representation. as a matter of fact, when you think about it. it's very unfair to the people of the district of colum when everybody else has a vote. but then when it suddenly comes to them they have no vote.

Elijah E. Cummings

1:52:46 to 1:52:50( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: so they can express their will. they can express their frustration. and at the same time

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