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Historic Washington: Julia Butler Hansen

In 1967, Julia Butler Hansen from a tiny town along the Columbia River, became the most powerful woman in Congress. She was first woman in history to head a House appropriations subcommittee. And not just any committee: She controlled the billion-dollar budgets for the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management. Video courtesy of Legacy Washington, the oral history program of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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