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Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat and the District’s nonvoting member of Congress, criticized the decision not to include testimony from Occupy D.C. members, though their written statement was added to the record.

Adrian Parsons, 29, an Occupier well known for his hunger strike last month, said one thing to take away from the hearing was that the camp “was not evicted today.”

Occupy has overcome a whole host of legal issues and what we are fighting now is a constitutional issue.”

Mr. Parsons said he would remain in the park, even if the occupation became a 24-hour vigil.

“You can change tactics,” he said. “You don’t change ideas.”