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Barry to Submit Soccer Bill From ... Africa?

Marion Barry says he expects to be part of a coalition that will introduce soccer stadium legislation at the D.C. Council's legislative meeting Tuesday. But he will do it by proxy -- the council member said he is headed to Africa tomorrow for a week-long conference in Tanzania.

The conference is for the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation, founded to promote political and entrepeneurial leadership. Barry said he will be gone for a week.

With Barry absent, the heavy lifting will fall to Jack Evans (D) and Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D-At Large) to get the majority support for the bill. Without promises from fellow council members to co-sponsor, the bill could be delayed, city government sources said yesterday.

Barry remained hopeful, saying he has a draft copy of the soccer stadium legislation. Evans also reportedly has a copy.

"This is a high-profile issue," Barry said yesterday in his office. "I regret I will not be here if it comes about."

By David A Nakamura  |  May 29, 2008; 9:54 AM ET
Categories:  David Nakamura , Soccer Stadium  
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David, if this doesn't come about on June 3rd (while Barry is in Africa), do you suspect that the City Council will put this off until after their summer break?

Posted by: Timing | May 29, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The Government of the District of Columbia seems to have the money to build sports stadiums but not for a new medical facility for the poor, better job training programs or other things to improve the lives of its citizens.

The Government of the District of Columbia should not be using taxpayer dollars to fund private concerns.

Posted by: Jonathan Rees | May 29, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is that the money that the Government of the District of Columbia would/might put up for this project would come from extra revenue (early over returns) on the businesses being taxed to pay for the Nationals Stadium construction.

Posted by: William | May 29, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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