The ongoing battle over the District of Columbia’s marijuana policy is currently at a standstill, but several scenarios over the coming weeks could alter its fate.
Despite the measure not moving beyond a hearing last year and expected resistance from the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) plans to re-introduce a bill that would grant the District statehood.
Heritage Action for America, a conservative advocacy group, is calling on Congress to reject two District of Columbia Council bills, which, the group argues, infringe upon religious liberty. It is the first time the group has weighed in on a District initiative.
Muriel Bowser heads to Congress today for meetings with lawmakers. Some of them will be easier to win over than others.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser climbed Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a series of meetings with federal lawmakers — including two Democrats holding ranking positions on key committees, as well as the man who, more than any other, controls the fate of District matters in Congress: House Speaker John A. Boehner.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss local issues with lawmakers, including Speaker John A. Boehner.
Bowser said her goal was to introduce herself to the lawmakers and foster communication between Capitol Hill and the mayor’s office.
DC Vote Press Statement on HR 7 Vote in the House Today
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.