D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser—along with several representatives from national and local organizations—celebrated what's quickly becoming D.C's most sobering and grim annual holiday: the upcoming fiscal year appropriations process.
"I regret that this press conference has had to become an annual kickoff event," Norton quipped during a conference earlier today. It's around this time every year that Congress begins the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year and D.C. is reminded of its lack of voting rights.
A press conference of liberal-leaning advocacy groups was convened on Thursday by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The coalition is opposing attempts by Congress to reverse or hinder the implementation of several recently enacted D.C. laws.
Next year, D.C. United’s uniforms could be adding a new phrase to their mantra of “win championships and serve the community.” The MLS franchise is teaming up with the advocacy organization DC Vote to create a new jersey for next season and will also receive a couple of awards from the group tonight.
Religious liberty is, arguably, our most precious American value. We should vehemently protect this freedom when it is threatened.
But the constitutional phrase that secures religious liberty — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — cannot be distorted to mean any action motivated by faith must be allowed, especially if it infringes on the human rights of other Americans. Freedom means freedom for everyone.
It’s spring and a lot of things are blooming in Washington — except democracy.
Three DC Vote activists were arrested last Thursday after they unfurled a D.C. flag in the balcony of the House of Representatives and shouted “D.C. Vote!”
The three were protesting the House vote to rescind local legislation that would extend protections to workers whose employers might discriminate against them for using birth control or other reproductive health care.
Congress has been setting its sights on Washington, D.C. in recent months. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) warned D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowserin February that she would violate federal law by allowing marijuana to become legal. A month later, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a billa month later eliminating the District of Columbia’s gun control regulations and its authority to enact such regulations.
For the first time since 1991, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn a local D.C. law. Activists for District autonomy say it's a intrusion on the city's self-government, and three of them were arrested last week during a protest.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.
Republicans have pushed legislation through the House that would revoke a District of Columbia law barring discrimination in the city against workers who have abortions.
House passage was largely symbolic because the law takes effect Saturday unless Congress first approves legislation blocking and President Barack Obama signs it. The Senate is unlikely to consider the measure by then, and for good measure the White House has threatened a veto should it ever reach the president's desk.
Over the vehement objections of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and other House Democrats, Republicans voted last night to strike down a D.C. law that bans discrimination based on reproductive health decisions—like having an abortion or taking birth control.
Ted Cruz introduced the measure to block the law—as well as another that extends the city's gay nondiscrimination laws to religiously affiliated educational institutions—last month.