Congressional Republicans on Tuesday picked Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah to take over the House Oversight Committee next January, succeeding term-limited Darrell Issa as the White House’s chief inquisitor and—more importantly for Washington residents—the District’s overseer on Capitol Hill.
The first D.C. statehood bill to be considered by Congress in two decades isn't go anywhere, according to the senator who introduced it.
An aide to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) confirmed on Tuesday that the bill he introduced in Jan. 2013 will not make it to the full Senate for a vote. "At this time, the Committee does not have any additional markups scheduled," said the aide, referring to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, which Carper chairs.
Last year, Washington City Paper's Aaron Wiener wrote a cover story on Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, arguing that Issa had become the District's unexpected best friend in Congress. Issa is the outgoing chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which includes the District in its purview. And while at the helm of the committee, he surprised D.C. officials by pushing for greater autonomy for the city.
Republicans just won a national election campaigning against the idea that the federal government knows more about your health than you do. So will the party of federalism, local control and limited government overturn marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C.?
Looming over the District’s historic decision this month to legalize marijuana has been another mandate that voters delivered on Election Day: A Republican majority on Capitol Hill with the power to interfere with the measure when it goes to Congress for review.
But congressional Republicans appear to have other things on their minds.
“To be honest, that’s pretty far down my list of priorities,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who was maneuvering late last week to force a vote on U.S.-Iran nuclear talks.
Despite an overwhelming vote in favor of legalizing marijuana in Washington, DC, many worry that Congress will weigh in and rule against it. But in a rare sea change, one of the staunchest conservatives has joined Democrats in support of the measure.
During the midterm elections, 69.5 percent of DC voters – about 95, 880 votes total – chose to legalize the possession of two ounces of marijuana for adults over 21, as well as the cultivation of plants at home.
The federal courthouse in right-leaning Orange County, Calif., is named after former president and Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. Countless drug cases prosecuted in that building can be traced back to an expanded war on drugs under the 40th president, who once called marijuana “probably the most dangerous drug.”
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was a senior speechwriter at the White House when first lady Nancy Reagan coined the catchphrase, “Just Say No.”
On Thursday, the California Republican acknowledged just how much things have changed in Washington when it comes to drug policy as he stood alongside Democrats Earl Blumenauer, Jared Polis and Eleanor Holmes Norton to talk to reporters about Oregon, Colorado and the District of Columbia voters approving legalized weed.
At a press conference yesterday, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate, urged her colleagues to respect the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital last week. She was joined by three congressmen, including Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who said trying to block legalization in D.C.
Lawmakers from states that have removed or relaxed marijuana restrictions teamed up Thursday to defend the District of Columbia's right to legalize marijuana — a move that Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland has vowed to continue fighting.
The District, along with Alaska and Oregon, passed a Nov. 4 ballot initiative legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana. Colorado and Washington State had already taken that step.