In the four decades since Home Rule, elected officials in the District of Columbia have created four different commissions aimed at making the city the 51st state. Looking at the current condition of those panels, it might be obvious why the flag only has 50 stars.
Each one has no members, according to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. None one of the four have been functioning for years, “if ever,” he said Monday at a briefing previewing the council’s Tuesday legislative agenda.
If you were ever somebody in D.C. politics, you were probably at the John A. Wilson Building in downtown Washington on Tuesday night.
There, as the Ballou High School drum line kept the beat going, a political reunion rarely seen took over the glass and marble atrium of the District’s city hall, all in the name of celebrating the 40th anniversary of home rule.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has suggested a way to resolve the legal challenge to the District’s new budget autonomy law. Thefirst question posed by judges at oral argument was whether the case could become moot “when there’s a new mayor and attorney general.”
The answer is yes.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on Thursday urged Congress to eliminate the congressional review process for all bills approved by the D.C. Council.
Any measure passed by the D.C. council must be submitted to Congress for a 30-day review period for civil laws and 60 days for criminal laws under the Home Rule Act.
It'll be a busy day for D.C. in the courts today, as federal judges hear arguments on two separate cases: a budget autonomy referendum and the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns outside the home.
More than 40 years after President Richard M. Nixon signed the Home Rule Act, legal experts in the District of Columbia are fighting about what the feds intended.
Federal appeals court judges listened to more than an hour of oral arguments Friday in the case pitting the District’s executive branch against its legislative branch. It’s round two of a legal battle launched in April.
WASHINGTON — Even though he personally supports giving the District of Columbia more power over its local budget, the city’s attorney general told a federal appeals court Friday that Congress has made clear that it wants to maintain control of the purse strings.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for the D.C. Council argued that Congress wouldn’t be giving up any significant power if it allowed the District government to spend its own money without an OK from Capitol Hill.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is urging Republican senators who called on President Barack Obama to support the democracy movement in Hong Kong to also support democracy in D.C.
A bipartisan group of senators, including 10 Republicans and 11 Democrats, sent a letter to the president Thursday, urging Obama to “voice U.S. support for full democracy in Hong Kong.” The group included senators from both ends of the political spectrum who united to write, “[We] strongly support the Hong Kong people’s aspiration for universal suffrage and full democracy.”
It could have been a big moment: a congressional hearing room packed in such numbers that an overflow room was needed to accommodate the audience; a moment two decades in the making; an issue that had the support of President Obama.
“WHEN I talk about all who want to be heard in the halls of the federal government, I am talking about the more than 600,000 taxpayers who, like me — like me — live in the District of Columbia and still have no voting representation in Congress. We pay our taxes. We die in the Army. . . . It is long past time for every citizen to be afforded his or her full responsibilities and full rights.”