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House Proceeding 03-12-09 on Mar 12th, 2009 :: 2:41:30 to 2:45:20
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Hank Johnson

2:41:27 to 2:41:48( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: in cities around this great nation, those who live in counties, those who live in states, as we all do, but all of those levels of government afforded to their citizens home rule, which is basically the

Hank Johnson

2:41:30 to 2:45:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson

2:41:49 to 2:42:12( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: right to have some self-determination of your governmental affairs. unfortunately, however, the citizens of washington, d.c. have not enjoyed that same liberty. and it was only back in, i

Hank Johnson

2:42:13 to 2:42:33( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: think, 1973 that home rule was conferred by the -- this body, the united states congress, to the citizens of washington, d.c. and since that time, they have been able to as a city council and as aayor, school system, they have been able to have

Hank Johnson

2:42:34 to 2:42:54( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: control over that governmental issues on the local level. and that was certainly something that was prudent for this body to do. however, the ability of those same citizens to actually vote for president and vice president

Hank Johnson

2:42:55 to 2:43:15( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: of this great nation still had not been authorized. and it was -- excuse me, 1961 was when that occurred. so, in other words, citizens of d.c. first were given the right to actually vote for president and vice president.

Hank Johnson

2:43:16 to 2:43:37( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: and then they were given the right to govern themselves. now, it's important that we logically extend those rights to the citizens of washington, d.c. to have a congress person who

Hank Johnson

2:43:38 to 2:43:58( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: has a vote in this great body. we have our delegate andhe is technically, but i refer to her always as congresswoman. very effective voice in this congress. and she, on behalf of the

Hank Johnson

2:43:59 to 2:44:20( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: citizens of the district of columbia, deserves to have a vote in this great body. and i'm here in support of that. i will say that with this fundamental liberty that we're talking about, the right to be represented in this great body, that's a very awesome and

Hank Johnson

2:44:21 to 2:44:42( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: fundamental right that should not be brought down by extraneous matters, particularly when those extraneous matters have to do with tying the hands of this local government that has been granted home rule.

Hank Johnson

2:44:43 to 2:45:05( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: it's totally different and it's an insult to link a gun control measure to a people's right to a representative who can vote in this congress. let's not compound the tragedy

Hank Johnson

2:45:06 to 2:45:20( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: and the injustice any further. i'm asking the public to understand that let's not play politics with the people of washington, d.c.'s ability to be adequately represented and

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