House Republicans are contemplating whether to sue the District for moving forward with its new marijuana law after the GOP cut off funding for the measure.
Congress has 30 days to shoot down the District’s laws after they are passed by the D.C. Council, and that clock started ticking yesterday when a Council staffer delivered Initiative 71 — which legalizes the possession of two ounces of marijuana — to Capitol Hill yesterday.
It's like an advent calendar for our best buds in Congress: for the month of January, D.C. statehood nonprofit D.C. Vote is showcasing all the Congress members who either voted against, or didn't stand up for Initiative 71 with "30 Days of Disapproval."
Yes, it's an all-star lineup of Congress members who have been using their oversight authority "to intervene in local D.C. law." In the lineup, we've got D.C. legislative supervillains like Rep. John Mica (R-FL), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), and our number one best bud Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD).
A D.C. Council official on Tuesday quietly transmitted to Congress a measure that would legalize the possession of marijuana, setting off a 30-day congressional review period and defying Republicans to stop the city from implementing the measure.
A Council staffer delivered Initiative 71, which legalizes the possession of up to two ounces and home cultivation of up to six plants, to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden, who serves as president of the U.S. Senate. The initiative was approved by 70 percent of D.C. voters on Nov. 4.
The District of Columbia defied the new Republican Congress on Tuesday, challenging the House and Senate to either block or let stand a voter-approved ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) sent the measure to Capitol Hill, starting the clock on a 30-day review window that Congress has usedonly three times in 40 years to quash a local D.C. law.
Day one of the standoff between the District of Columbia and Congress over marijuana legalization in D.C. kicked off Tuesday, as the initiative legalizing possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana was transmitted to Congress for review.
The office of the secretary to the D.C. Council confirmed Tuesday that the initiative was sent to Congress. Under the Home Rule Act, Congress has 30 days to review District laws, during which time Congress can reject the law by passing a joint resolution of disapproval.
As Washington, D.C. leaders gear up for a legal fight over marijuana legalization, one advocacy group is calling out members of Congress from both parties for not protecting the will of District voters.
Congress may have blocked D.C. from legalizing marijuana, but one legislator is challenging the new Republican majority to come stop him as he pushes his own legalization measure.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will make a last-ditch effort Tuesday to demand a vote on the House floor in the Committee of the Whole.
In September, Norton testified in front of the House Rules Committee in favor of amending the House rules to allow delegates to vote. She also sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, in December asking that she be granted a vote, but to no avail. A draft of the House rules package expected to be approved Tuesday does not include a delegate vote.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser began her first full day in office by traveling to Capitol Hill on Monday to press leaders of the Republican-controlled House to restore the District’s limited sway over federal legislation when Congress reconvenes this week.
If you happened to catch the inauguration of Mayor Muriel Bowser, attorney general Karl Racine, and the new Councilmembers, then you know how often "reviving the D.C. statehood movement" was mentioned in the new officials' speeches. If not, spoiler alert: A lot.