National Representation and Suffrage for the Residents of the District of Columbia. Hearings ... on H.J. Res. 232 ... and H.J. Res. 564 ... May 18, 19, and 20, 1938

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Page 56 - The indispensable necessity of complete authority at the seat of government carries its own evidence with it. It is a power exercised by every legislature of the Union, I might say of the world, by virtue of its general supremacy. Without it, not only the public authority might be insulted and its proceedings be interrupted with impunity, but a dependence of the members of the general government on the state comprehending the seat of the government, for protection in the exercise of their duty, might...
Page 131 - That the foundation of English liberty and of all free government, is, a right in the people to participate in their legislative council...
Page 132 - Government, for protection in the exercise of their duty, might bring on the National Councils an imputation of awe or influence, equally dishonorable to the Government and dissatisfactory to the other members of the Confederacy.
Page 58 - Provincial legislatures, where their right of representation can alone be preserved, in all cases of taxation and internal polity, subject only to the negative of their Sovereign, in such manner as has been heretofore used and accustomed...
Page 129 - Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina. South Carolina, Georgia, Florida Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma...
Page 19 - State will no doubt provide in the compact for the rights and the consent of the citizens inhabiting it ; as the inhabitants will find sufficient inducements of interest to become willing parties to the cession ; as they will have had their voice in the election of the government which is to exercise authority over them...
Page 57 - ... will have had their voice in the election of the government which is to exercise authority over them; as a municipal legislature for local purposes, derived from their own suffrages, will of course be allowed them...
Page 51 - It is a cardinal principle of our system of government, that local affairs shall be managed by local authorities, and general affairs by the central authority ; and hence while the rule is also fundamental that the power to make laws cannot be delegated, the creation of municipalities exercising local self-government has never been held to trench upon that rule. Such legislation is not regarded as a transfer of general legislative power, but rather as the grant of the authority to prescribe local...
Page 116 - We also favor the extension of the right of suffrage to the people of the District of Columbia.
Page 143 - Independently of the difficulty of inducing the representatives of distant States to turn their attention to projects of laws which are not of the highest interest to their constituents, they are not individually, nor in Congress collectively, well qualified to legislate over the local concerns of this District. Consequently its interests are much neglected, and the people are almost afraid to present their grievances...

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