D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to make going to the airport less of a hassle for Distrist residents.
Norton will be meeting with top Transportation Security Administration officials soon because of continuing problems D.C. residents are having when trying to use their D.C. driver's license for identification, particularly at airports, Norton's office said in a statement Tuesday.
D.C. activists say that if Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland wants to screw with D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law, he should run for D.C. Council so he can more properly do so. In June, the congressman tacked an unrelated spending bill to an amendment that would prevent D.C. from spending any of its money on enforcing its newly enacted marijuana decriminalization law.
We’re now about three weeks into the boycott of Maryland’s Eastern Shorecalled for by D.C. activists upset by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and his bid to overturn the District’s marijuana decriminalization law.
President Barack Obama casually endorsed the call for Washington D.C. to be considered a state, complete with two new Democratic senators in the U.S. Senate.
“I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said, after an audience member asked him about the idea during a town hall meeting July 21.
“There has been a long movement to get D.C. statehood, and I’ve been for it for quite some time,” he said.
(WASHINGTON) -- While there's a new move afoot in California to split it into six states, there has been talk for years about making Washington, D.C. the 51st state.
On Monday, President Obama revealed that he supports the idea of statehood for the District of Columbia.
The president explained his rationale like this: "Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."
At a town hall event in the U.S. capital on Monday, President Obamaunequivocally endorsed making Washington, D.C., the 51st U.S. state. "I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," he said in response to an audience question. "Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."
He's practically a resident. But until now, President Obama has remained quiet on the issue of D.C. statehood. That changed this week. The president spoke up on the issue during an event to promote his My Brother's Keeper initiative. "I'm in D.C., so I'm for it," WAMU.org quoted the president as saying. He's been for it for quite some time. "I've long believed that folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else."
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is planning to meet with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to discuss reports of the agency refusing to accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses as identification at airport checkpoints.
TSA agents have told passengers on multiple occasions this year that D.C. driver’s licenses could not be accepted because they were unfamiliar to airport security workers, according to reports.
Holmes Norton said Tuesday that she was planning to meet with TSA Administrator John Pistole to discuss the issue.
After another D.C. resident stepped forward to say the validity of his D.C. license was questioned by a TSA agent, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said she will meet with officials to look for a "permanent solution."
In a release, Norton's office cites both TV news correspondent Justin Gray's experience in Orlando — where the agent didn't seem to know what D.C. was — and U.S. News and World Report's Travis Mitchell encounter in New Hampshire — where his D.C. license was not accepted as valid at a liquor store.
D.C.-issued drivers licenses have had a rough couple of weeks. There was the D.C. man who wasprevented from buying booze in New Hampshire because he didn't have a state-issued ID. And then a journalist was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration agent at airport security in Orlando, Fla., who said his D.C. ID wasn't valid (and didn't seem to realize D.C. was part of the United States).