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.
Despite a purely symbolic House vote Thursday night to block a District of Columbia law that claims to combat discrimination in the workplace, the law will take effect Saturday, as planned.
DC’s non-voting delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, claimed a small victory in the failure of House Republicans to block the D.C. law, saying the symbolic vote only served to unify Democrats. And she even got 13 Republicans to vote no “in an ultra-conservative House.”
A controversial new law that will prohibit D.C. employers from discriminating on the basis of whether employees have abortions or use contraception will take effect Saturday despite a high-profile vote of opposition by House Republicans.
A divided House voted mostly along party lines late Thursday to strike down the D.C. law. It was the first vote to upend a District law in nearly a quarter-century and the first such rebuke of city policy on ideological grounds in almost 35 years.
Under pressure from House conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders have scheduled a vote for Thursday night on a measure that would block a controversial abortion law passed by the Washington city council.
The law, approved in December, would ban city employers from taking punitive action against employees for using abortion services or birth control. Under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to nullify measures passed by the Washington city council.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hammered Republicans Thursday over their resolution to scrap a new D.C. law barring workplace discrimination based on reproductive health choices.
The California Democrat, who has long-championed women's reproductive health rights, said the measure runs counter to the Republicans' traditional small-government credos and poses "an outrageous intrusion into workers' personal lives."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a press release blasting his Republican colleagues Thursday for calling a vote to overturn a D.C. anti-discrimination bill.
The proposed D.C. law could force employers in the city to hire individuals who advocate for abortion and could require those employers, even those who advocate pro-life causes, to cover elective abortions in their healthcare plans.