For a lot of people, the amendment was a far-away issue. . . . Someone stood up during debate (in the Georgia state senate) and asked, "Isn't this the bill that will make Sen. Sam Nunn chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee?"

-- Julian Bond

Georgia State Senator

The state legislators view the District of Columbia as the Constitution does -- as a special entity. . . . It does not have decision-making ability over its own affairs. In order to achieve the rights of a state, one must achieve the responsibility of statehood.

This proposal was a hybrid and was not in keeping with the distinction between states and nonstates. It would have meant sharing authority with a nonstate. The majority (of legislators) found that unpalatable.

-- Connie Heckman

Executive Director

The American Legislative Exchange Council,

a coalition of state legislators

The major priorities to me in the District of Columbia are infant mortality, drugs, jobs, excellence in education and crime. I don't think the average person considers having two senators and a congressman a major priority compared with these issues.

-- Clarence McKee

Chairman, D.C. Reagan-Bush campaign

Nobody hates (the District of Columbia). In local legislatures, most of us have time limits. I'm more likely to get to things that are immediate. We spent hours debating the amendment for the balanced federal budget and were able to defeat it. But the feds are constantly changing laws, and there are bills I had to put ahead of (the D.C. voting rights constitutional amendment). It didn't immediately affect us.

-- Ted Bottiger

Washington State Senate Majority Leader

Obviously the states don't like it. I think every state has a different view, but, essentially, some states have argued they don't want any more representatives from the Democratic Party.

-- Ann Heuer

Chairman, D.C. Republican Committee

Nobody seemed to care about it. There was no public interest. Individual sentators weren't motivated, and they had no expressions of interest from their constituents. We had more important things to deal with.

-- Warren Anderson

New York State Senate Majority Leader