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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY.
House Joint Resolution 529
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF
APRIL 6 AND 7, 1960
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
SERIAL NO. 18
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman
FRANCIS E. WALTER, Pennsylvania
PETER W. RODINO, JR., New Jersey
E. L. FORRESTER, Georgia
WILLIAM M. TUCK, Virginia
ROBERT T. ASHMORE, South Carolina
LESTER HOLTZMAN, New York
J. CARLTON LOSER, Tennessee
ROBERT W. KASTENMEIER, Wisconsin
WILLIAM M. McCULLOCH, Ohio
Multer, Hon. Abraham J., a Representative in Congress from the
Text of H. J. Res. 529-
Gichner, Mrs. Henry, vice chairman, District of Columbia Committee
Lusk, Hon. Rufus, president, Washington Taxpayers Association_
O'Donnell, James F., Esq., counsel, District of Columbia Federation
Letters, telegrams of—
Albaugh, Bill, acting secretary, District of Columbia Statehood
Barnes, Roberta S., president, Department of Elementary School
Cobb, Charles W., Jr., 6347 North Washington Boulevard, Arlington,
Darrin, David, 140 Constitution Avenue, NE., Washington, D.C.
Palisades Citizens' Association..
Mrs. Robert J. Phillips, president, League of Women Voters of the
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA REPRESENTATION AND VOTE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 1960
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE No. 5
The subcommittee was called to order at 10 a.m., in room 346, House Office Building, the Hon. Emanuel Celler (chairman of the committee) presiding.
Present: Emanuel Celler, Peter W. Rodino, Jr., Byron G. Rogers, Lester Holtzman, Harold D. Donohue, Herman Toll, William M. McCulloch, William E. Miller, and George Meader.
Also present: Cyril F. Brickfield, counsel, William H. Crabtree, associate counsel, and Richard Peet, counsel.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.
Senator Keating, is your statement going to be long? I promised Congressman Multer, who has to go to a committee meeting, that he might speak briefly. Will that be agreeable to you?
Senator KEATING. Yes, Mr. Chairman. We convene at 10 this morning. I am awaiting a call. If we have a quorum call or something right at the start, I would have to leave.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Multer, will you yield to Senator Keating? Mr. MULTER. Of course.
Senator KEATING. I think I am safe, Mr. Chairman. I will be about 10 minutes.
The CHAIRMAN. However, the Chair wishes to read a statement first. In sponsoring this legislation, which I introduced last year-September 11, 1959-I am hopeful that a constitutional amendment will be adopted in the very near future, giving the people of the District of Columbia the right to vote in Federal elections, as well as an enfranchised voice in the affairs of our National Legislature.
It seems incongruous that citizens as far away as Hawaii and Alaska have the right to vote, while the residents of the seat of the government do not, especially when it is remembered that the men and women of the District of Columbia have all the obligations of citizenship, including the payment of Federal taxes, of local taxes, and service in our Armed Forces.
The District of Columbia, with more than 850,000 residents, has a greater number of persons than 15 of our States and a greater number of its sons and daughters served in our Armed Forces in World War II than served from a third of our States.
The District's population, in fact, exceeds the combined population of Alaska, Nevada, and Wyoming, three States which are represented by nine men in Congress, while the District of Columbia remains