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At the same time members of the Committee on the District of Columbia
are considering a bill to build another bridge over the Potomac. There
is always a bill to build another bridge over the Potomac, and the
number of times these ephemeral spans have been launched across
drawing boards and paraded before Congress and displayed to usually
irate and always loudly outspoken citizen's organizations is almost
beyond calculation. But the District Committee, charged under the
Constitution with the management of the affairs of the voteless
Federal City, patiently goes through the motions whenever
required. This morning, with Magnus Hollingsworth of Wisconsin in the
chair in his usual small, shrewed, purse-lipped fashion, it is giving
the matter its usual intensive consideration. Just to show how
seriously they take their duties and how important it all really
is, such freshman as bluffly vapid George Carroll Townsend of Maryland
and worried Henry Lytle of Missouri are being as solemn as all get
out about it, but Magnus Hollingsworth, as befits a veteran on the
committee, is surreptitiously reading the funnies under the table edge
and isn't paying attention at all. He knows that bridge isn't going
to be built.  
   -- Advice and Consent, Allen Drury

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