Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., reaffirmed her effort Tuesday to fight congressional attempts to block the District of Columbia’s anti-discrimination laws, while activists detailed the consequences if those attempts are successful. In round two of a fight to preserve two laws that the District government argues combat discrimination based on reproductive health decisions and sexual orientation, Norton faces a familiar fight against policy riders attached to the District’s spending bill.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Tim Devaney
Pot policy is splintering the GOP. GOP support for medical marijuana is on the rise as backers look to couch legalization as a states’ rights issue, while other Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to beat back recreational pot laws like the one approved in Washington, D.C. The division reflects a political conundrum for the party, which is torn between social conservatives who still see marijuana as a gateway drug, and libertarian-leaning voters who want to legalize pot.
Friday, June 19, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Glenn Kessler
“This morning I was in Washington, Iowa. Washington, Iowa, is a little different than Washington, D.C. It’s pretty, the people there are hard-working, they don’t think that they’re the masters of people. It’s not the most prosperous place in the world, in the United States. Sadly, Washington, D.C., is. I don’t know if you know this — Washington, D.C., has the highest per capita income in the United States. Washington, D.C., has average home values of $800,000. Washington, D.C., doesn’t have unemployment.
Friday, June 19, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Perry Stein
Jeb Bush has been on the campaign for four official days and already hates Washington. And no, not the idea of Washington politics — which he is hoping to preside over — but the actual, capital D, District. At a campaign stop on Wednesday in Iowa, the Republican presidential contender made a comparison between Washington, Iowa, and Washington D.C.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Washington Times (DC) | Andrea Noble
The House Committee on Appropriations voted Wednesday to block the District from using tax dollars to implement a law that bans employers from discriminating against workers based on their opinions or use of birth control or abortion. The vote marks the second time that House Republicans have sought to block the District from enforcing the law, which D.C. Council members say will combat workforce discrimination.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 | Rhrealitycheck.org | Emily Crockett
House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with another attempt to overturn the District of Columbia’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), this time using the budget process. The House Appropriations Committee passed a budget rider sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) that prohibits the use of new funds to enforce the law. The rider passed on a 28-22 vote, with two Republicans joining 20 Democrats to oppose it.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 | The Daily Caller - dailycaller.com | Josh Fatzick
The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to block any funding for the implementation of a D.C. law that is meant to combat discrimination in the workplace. The D.C. city council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act in April, which they say will stop employers from terminating based on reproductive health decisions, but GOP House members think the law could force religiously focused businesses to hire abortion advocates.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
The House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to block a District of Columbia law, attempting to finish what House Republicans started a few months ago.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis
When the D.C. Council and mayor defied Congress last week and appropriated $7 billion in local tax money, it was unclear whether anyone on Capitol Hill would notice the somewhat symbolic revolt. They did. Ahead of a House Appropriations Committee vote Wednesday on the District’s budget — including federal decisions involving the same $7 billion — congressional lawyers inserted a paragraph that makes clear Congress still believes it decides how the local tax revenue is spent, not D.C. lawmakers.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | The Hill (DC) | Rebecca Shabad
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday voted to block federal and local funds for a law passed by the Washington, D.C. council that prevents employment discrimination based on reproductive health decisions. Rep. Steven Palazzo’s (R-Miss.) amendment to a bill funding financial services and general government programs was adopted in a 28-22 vote after a highly contentious debate. Palazzo argued the D.C. law, enacted in January, forces employers to violate their religious beliefs.