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Have OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HEARING HELD APRIL 20, 1971
Serial No. 92-6
Printed for the use of the
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1971
COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado, Chairman JAMES A, HALEY, Florida
JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania, ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma
Ranking Minority Member WALTER S. BARING, Nevada
CRAIG HOSMER, California ROY A. TAYLOR, North Carolina
JOE SKUBITZ, Kansas HAROLD T. JOHNSON, California
JOHN KYL, Iowa MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona
SAM STEIGER, Arizona PHILLIP BURTON, California
JAMES A. MCCLURE, Idaho THOMAS S. FOLEY, Washington
DON H. CLÀUSEN, California ROBERT W. KASTENMEIER, Wisconsin PHILIP E. RUPPE, Michigan JAMES G. O'HARA, Michigan
JOHNN. HAPPY CAMP, Oklahoma WILLIAM F. RYAN, New York
MANUEL LUJAN, JR., New Mexico PATSY T. MINK, Hawaii
SHERMAN P. LLOYD, Utah JAMES KEE, West Virginia
JOHN DELLENBACK, Oregon LLOYD MEEDS, Washington
KEITH G. SEBELIUS, Kansas ABRAHAM KAZEN, JR., Texas
JAMES D. MCKEVITT, Colorado BILL D. BURLISON, Missouri
JOHN H. TERRY, New York ROBERT G. STEPHENS, JR., Georgia JORGE L. CÓRDOVA, Puerto Rico JOSEPH P. VIGORITO, Pennsylvania
SIDNEY L. MCFARLAND, Staff Director and Chief Clerk
LEWIS A. SIGLER, Counsel
TERRITORIAL AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
PHILLIP BURTON, Chairman JAMES A, HALEY
DON H. CLAUSEN ROY A, TAYLOR
CRAIG HOSMER THOMAS S. FOLEY
JOE SKUBITZ WILLIAM F. RYAN
PHILIP E. RUPPE PATSY T. MINK
MANUEL LUJAN, JR. LLOYD MEEDS
KEITH G. SEBELIUS BILL D. BURLISON
JAMES D. MCKEVITT
JORGE L. CÓRDOVA
WILLIAM G. THOMAS, Consultant on Territorial and Insular Affairs
NOTE.—The chairman, Hon. Wayne N. Aspinall, and the ranking minority member, Hon. John P. Saylor, are ex officio members of this subcommittee.
Erb, Richard L., president, Virgin Islands Hotel Association,
ment of the Interior..
Virgin Islands Hotel Association, presented by Richard L. Erb,
Status of the trust territory:
Department of State statement on Marianas secession.
Council, June 15, 1971..
ment, to Hon. Phillip Burton, dated June 9, 1971.--
Greenwald, Jon, attorney, to Hon. Hugh L. Carey, dated April 16,
Whittington, staff assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary, De-
Phillip Burton, dated May 11, 1971, response to inquiry of April 28.-
Agreement between the government of the Virgin Islands and the
Harvey Alumina Virgin Islands, Inc., dated January 1, 1962.--Government of the Virgin Islands-Summary of selected data on
grants of tax exemption and subsidy and subsidies paid by fiscal years (table). Hess Oil Co., Submerged Lands permit No. 3.
Amendment No. 1 to Submerged Lands Permit No. 3..
Amendment No. 2 to Submerged Lands Permit No. 3...
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BRIEFING SESSION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
ON TERRITORIAL PROBLEMS
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1971
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:57 a.m., in room 1324, Longworth House Office Building, Hon. Phillip Burton (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. BURTON. We will call the Subcommittee on Territorial and Insular Affairs meeting to order. We would like to welcome the Department of Interior representatives who are here today to brief the members of the subcommittee.
We would like to welcome our distinguished chairman, Mr. Aspinall, and congratulate our distinguished colleague from Puerto Rico, Jorge Córdova, on his birthday. Thank you.
Commissioner, would you care to brief us on some of the highlights of your personal career? It's been so long and you still look so young.
Mr. CÓRDOVA. I note that we are considering among other things, the variety of types of status of different territories. My political career has been devoted almost entirely to the problem of status in Puerto Rico, and it is the reason I am here as the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, that I am in politics. It is a real issue in Puerto Rico, in spite of the fact that we have obtained, after a number of years, a considerable degree of autonomy, self-government, greater, certainly than any territory achieved on its way to statehood.
I have been, before entering politics, a lawyer and, for a few years, a judge in Puerto Rico. I also dabbled in teaching law. It is a difficult thing to try to teach law and also practice it at the same time. Well, that about sums it up briefly and brings me up to date.
Mr. BURTON. We are delighted to share this occasion with you. Mr. ASPINALL. May the record show that our colleague from Puerto Rico has never been content with the status quo. He has always been one to march forward.
Mr. CÓRDOVA. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. You are quite correct.
Mr. BURTON. Mr. Harrison Loesch, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior.
Mr. Loesch, would you and Mrs. Farrington come forward. Please proceed.