Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Ben Nuckols
A House committee is set to vote on a bill that would block the District of Columbiagovernment from spending local tax dollars without approval by Congress. The District government has sent its budget to Congress for approval every year since the city was granted home rule in 1973. But this year, city leaders planned to skip that step. City voters approved a referendum granting so-called "budget autonomy" to the District and a judge ruled in the city's favor after the law was challenged in court.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis
In a stinging rebuke to efforts by the District of Columbia to fully govern itself, a Congressional committee on Tuesday nullified the results of a legitimate city election and then declared that D.C. officials can never spend local tax dollars without Congressional approval. Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a bill to block the city from enacting a ballot measure that was approved by D.C. voters, confirmed by a court and endorsed by President Obama to let the District spend its own tax money, much like one of the 50 states.
Friday, May 13, 2016 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Andrew Giambrone
Surprise! After holding a hearing on the subject on Thursday, House Republicans are trying to overturn D.C.'s budget autonomy through legislation that would essentially repeal a 2013 referendum where more than 80 percent of residents voted for local fiscal independence.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis
A key House Republican warned Thursday that city employees could face prosecution if the D.C. Council went ahead with plans to spend local tax dollars without congressional approval. The threat, made during a two-hour hearing called by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House subcommittee with oversight of the District, raises the stakes in the city’s renewed attempt to win autonomy from Congress.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle
House Republicans could move as soon as next week to try to nullify the 2013 D.C. referendum that limits the role Congress plays in approving the city's annual budget, just as the D.C. Council is readying to cast a first vote on the city's 2017 budget.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Roll Call (DC) | Rema Rahman
House Republicans are planning to block permanently the District of Columbia's efforts to loosen the federal government's grip on its purse strings. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton told reporters after a committee hearing Thursday that she expects the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to mark up a bill as early as next week that would prevent the District from ever seeking to make its own spending decisions without congressional approval.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Andrew Giambrone
Following a court decision in March that upheld budget autonomy for the District, Congress will hold a hearing about D.C. Home Rule on Thursday that some advocates worry could turn into an attack on local independence. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pushed for the hearing, which the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has scheduled for 2 p.m. Its stated purpose is to "evaluate the intent of Congress in passing the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973" and to "understand potential repercussions for the District if the Budget Autonomy Act is implemented."
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Washington Informer (DC) | Hillary Clinton
This past week, President Barack Obama delivered a remarkable commencement address to the students at Howard University. He had a simple message for the graduates – that every shred of progress we hope to make in America depends on voting. He’s right. And we need to make sure that every single eligible citizen can perform their fundamental duty. Recently, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took an important step toward justice by restoring the voting rights of 200,000 formerly incarcerated people, who had paid their debts to society.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Ben Nuckols
House Republicans are working on legislation that would block the District of Columbia government from spending its local tax dollars without approval by Congress, a subcommittee chairman said Thursday. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the subcommittee on government operations, said lawmakers are seeking to clarify the requirement that the city submit its local budget to Congress, as it has during more than 40 years of self-rule.
Statement of DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry regarding the May 12, 2016 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on DC’s Local Budget Autonomy Act.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 | DC Vote - Press Release