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.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Sun Herald (MS) | Paul Hampton
Congressman Steven Palazzo is in a bit of a dustup with the District of Columbia. According to Palazzo's office, he introduced an amendment during Wednesday's full committee markup on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill that would prevent funds from being used towards the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act in the district.   DC Vote, a group trying to eliminate such congressional oversight in the only part of America without representation in Congress, isn't happy.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | DCist.com | Matt Cohen
The D.C. Council cast a historic vote today, defying the long-standing grip Congress has held over the city's right to spend locally raised funds in its budget. The Council's decision to move forward with the implementation of its legal budget for the upcoming fiscal year without first submitting it to Congress for approval comes after a big court ruling a few weeks ago. On May 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. granted Mayor Muriel Bowser's motion to dismiss a previous court case between then-Mayor Vince Gray and the D.C. Council.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Aaron C. Davis
District lawmakers defied Congress on Wednesday, voting to appropriate over $7 billion in local tax money themselves instead of waiting for Congress to approve the spending as they have for decades through the federal budget process. But it was unlikely that D.C. residents would feel the effects any time soon of the District’s unprecedented challenge to its congressional overseers. The council’s decision to implement a disputed voter referendum appeared headed for a protracted legal fight over whether D.C. can assert fiscal independence to spend money more like states do.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle
A draft congressional spending bill would again forbid the District from legalizing the sale of marijuana, likely frustrating local efforts to create a regulated system of pot sales for a second year in a row.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle
The D.C. Council on Wednesday cast a historic second vote on its budget, pushing forward under the assumption that the city is now free from some of the usual strictures imposed by Congress when it comes to spending local funds. But that assumption remains in question, prompting the Council to adopt a two-track process to ensure that it is left with a legal budget for the coming fiscal year.
Monday, June 8, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Kimberly Perry
In his May 31 Local Opinions commentary, “D.C.’s untenable legal quandary,” former D.C. attorney general Irvin B. Nathan asserted that a ruling by the U.S.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | DC Vote - Press Release
Press Release For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director 202.462.6000 x112 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / jjones@dcvote.org / www.dcvote.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Will Sommer
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.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | Roll Call (DC) | Bridget Bowman
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.

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