Lifting the more than 100 year-old federal law restricting the height of buildings in the District of Columbia would eventually expand the city’s “very limited tax base,” city chief financial officer Natwar Gandhi told a House subcommittee Thursday.

The Congressional Heights of Buildings Act of 1910 limits the district’s structures, basing them on a formula involving the width of the streets on which they sit. Thursday’s hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on health care, the District of Columbia, the Census, and the National Archives explored the possibility of amending it.

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