Rock Creek Park: Hearings Before the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Eighty-fourth Congress, First Session, on S.J. Res. 36, a Joint Resolution for the Preservation of Rock Creek Park. February 25 and 26, 1955

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Considers legislation to restrict development and road construction in Rock Creek Park in D.C. and Maryland.
 

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Page 195 - States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States...
Page 202 - That the said commission is hereby charged with the duty of preparing, developing, and maintaining a comprehensive, consistent, and coordinated plan for the National Capital and its environs...
Page 195 - That there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $7,000,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for...
Page 195 - Rivers; thence east to the place of beginning, is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasure ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people...
Page 197 - ... and could have been presented as a defense to the application for such judgment in the court wherein the same was rendered, and as to all such questions the judgment itself shall be conclusive evidence of its regularity and validity in all collateral proceedings, except in cases where the tax or assessments have been paid, or the real estate was not liable to the tax or assessment.
Page 204 - Appeals, accordingly, is affirmed, and the case is remanded to the District Court with directions to dismiss the petition against the United States and to enter judgment in favor of the other defendants in conformity with this opinion.
Page 197 - That one-half of said sum of one million two hundred thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be expended, shall be re-imbursed to the Treasury of the United States...
Page 76 - There is a clear distinction between the power of the Congress to control or interdict the contracts of private parties when they interfere with the exercise of its Constitutional authority, and the power of the Congress to alter or repudiate the substance of its own engagements when it has borrowed money under the authority which the Constitution confers.
Page 75 - The United States are as much bound by their contracts as are individuals. If they repudiate their obligations, it is as much repudiation, with all the wrong and reproach that term implies, as it would be if the repudiator had been a state, or a municipality or a citizen.
Page 76 - The argument in favor of the Joint Resolution, as applied to government bonds, is in substance that the Government cannot by contract restrict the exercise of a sovereign power. But the right to make binding obligations is a competence attaching to sovereignty.

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