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House panel approves adding D.C. statues in Capitol

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Placing statues of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and architect Pierre L'Enfant in the Capitol's Statuary Hall has come down to whether it would treat D.C. too much like a state.

Still, a House committee approved a bill Wednesday to add the two statues of Washington residents, sending the measure to the House floor.

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Robert Brady, the panel's chairman, made clear the statues are completely separate from the idea of granting D.C. voting rights in Congress.

But California Republican Rep. Dan Lungren says the statues would give the district too much equality with the states. He suggested reducing the number of D.C. statues to one, instead of two.

Statues of Douglass and L'Enfant are waiting in a city building for approval.


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