Despite an anticipated showdown today between Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson over the budget, the uncertainty at Council meetings this afternoon didn't come from which pol would win out. Instead, the question of the day became how the Council should pass the budget at all.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council scored a victory Wednesday in the ongoing court case surrounding a law granting D.C. more control over its local budget.
On the same day the D.C. Council debated the District’s budget, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted Bowser’s motion to dismiss the case’s appeal, which centered around a dispute between the D.C. Council and Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray.
Last year, the D.C. Council got into a big fight with then-Mayor Vince Gray over the legality of the District's budget autonomy referendum, but now the fight is over and the referendum is safe (at least for now).
Despite 83 percent of D.C. voters voting in favor of the Budget Autonomy Act, which gives the city the right to spend locally raised funds without Congressional approval, Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt said they're refusing to implement the act, because it violates federal law.
A press conference of liberal-leaning advocacy groups was convened on Thursday by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). The coalition is opposing attempts by Congress to reverse or hinder the implementation of several recently enacted D.C. laws.
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser—along with several representatives from national and local organizations—celebrated what's quickly becoming D.C's most sobering and grim annual holiday: the upcoming fiscal year appropriations process.
"I regret that this press conference has had to become an annual kickoff event," Norton quipped during a conference earlier today. It's around this time every year that Congress begins the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year and D.C. is reminded of its lack of voting rights.
Next year, D.C. United’s uniforms could be adding a new phrase to their mantra of “win championships and serve the community.” The MLS franchise is teaming up with the advocacy organization DC Vote to create a new jersey for next season and will also receive a couple of awards from the group tonight.
Religious liberty is, arguably, our most precious American value. We should vehemently protect this freedom when it is threatened.
But the constitutional phrase that secures religious liberty — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — cannot be distorted to mean any action motivated by faith must be allowed, especially if it infringes on the human rights of other Americans. Freedom means freedom for everyone.
It’s spring and a lot of things are blooming in Washington — except democracy.
Three DC Vote activists were arrested last Thursday after they unfurled a D.C. flag in the balcony of the House of Representatives and shouted “D.C. Vote!”
The three were protesting the House vote to rescind local legislation that would extend protections to workers whose employers might discriminate against them for using birth control or other reproductive health care.
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.