WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the District of Columbia is suggesting giving most of the District back to Maryland and "possibly" getting rid of the local government.
Rep. John Mica of Florida made the comments to WTTG-TV (http://tinyurl.com/nwc3drs ) after Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking with Donald Trump for a luxury hotel downtown.
Last week, President Barack Obama expressed his support for D.C. statehood, while also noting, "The politics of it end up being difficult to get it through Congress, but I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do." Rep. John Mica, a Republican member of the House Oversight committee, proved the president's point yesterday while also insulting him.
A feisty crowd paid a visit to the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Andy Harris Thursday morning, ostensibly to bring their local complaints to the federal lawmaker.
The activists were upset about a budget rider Harris attached to a spending bill that would block marijuana decriminalization in the nation’s capital and Harris’ subsequent explanation to WAMU that for D.C. residents "Congress is their local legislature." Building on that remark, the local advocacy group D.C. Vote urged city residents to give “Councilman” Harris an earful.
Ever since Maryland Representative Andy Harris introduced an amendment to defund D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization bill, local residents' message to Harris has been clear: Stay the hell out of D.C.'s affairs.
Adam Eidinger sat on a couch in Rep. Andy Harris' office talking to the woman working the front desk—who was half listening to him and half trying not to laugh—about all the District residents who travel to Ocean City, Md., only to get ripped off by thoseclaw-crane machines. There's so much cheap booze in Ocean City, Eidinger continued, that people make stupid decisions and waste even more money trying to win elusive prizes in the claw machine.
A group of city leaders joined D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Capitol Hill last week.
They were there to denounce Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie for successfully getting the House to pass a bill that effectively would kill the city’s gun control laws.
To everyone’s surprise, as reported by NBC4’s Mark Segraves, Massie showed up at the news conference to listen.
But only one speaker singled him out.
When voters elected Barack Obama in 2008, District of Columbia residents were thrilled to see a senator who backed a bill to give them voting rights in Congress head to the White House.
Midway through his second term, however, many ardent supporters of the D.C.’s longtime quest for greater autonomy are less optimistic about the prospects of Obama aiding their cause. The District still doesn’t have budget autonomy or legislative autonomy, meaning local laws are still vulnerable to interference from members of Congress.
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said he supports statehood for the District of Columbia. ButFlorida Congressman John Mica believes otherwise.
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.