WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia's $200 million short-term note sale last week signifies financial distress and renewal of a borrowing pattern that a former city financial adviser warned against, a key federal lawmaker said yesterday.

"There is beginning to be once again a pattern of increased short-term borrowing over a long period of time. I wonder when it finally comes to a breaking point," Rep. Julian Dixon, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's District of Columbia subcommittee, said during a hearing held by the panel.

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