It is deeply disappointing that the District’s Attorney General and Mayor are working to undermine the will of the people – and the budget law – rather than fighting for self-determination and defending our right to budget freedom that was won through the ballot box.
D.C.'s long, arduous quest to become a state—or at least gain the same rights as every other state—has been, well, long and arduous. But is it a human rights violation? According to the U.N.'s Human Rights Committee and a human rights advocacy group it is.
Today, the Committee reiterated “its concern that residents of the District of Columbia are denied the right to vote for and election of voting representatives to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives,” a release states.
State House of Representatives Approves Measure Supporting Equal Rights for DC
In a bipartisan vote Thursday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Resolution 21: a bill expressing the sense of the House that DC be granted voting representation in the U. S. Congress. The final vote on the bill was 145-133.
DC Vote strongly supports President Obama’s proposed FY2015 budget that for the first time includes legislative language that would grant the District of Columbia greater control over its own local tax dollars, and allow legislation enacted by the city to become effective without Congressional review.
House Speaker John Boehner, a member of the legislature that gets to review D.C.'s laws after they're passed by the Council and signed by the mayor, was unaware that the city had passed a bill to decriminalize marijuana when asked about it by reporters today.
DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry issued the following statement today upon the enactment of The Budget Autonomy Litigation Authorization Resolution of 2014. As of January 1, 2014, the Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012 (D.C. Law 19-321) is the law of the District of Columbia. Nevertheless, certain individuals or entities continue to raise questions about provisions of this legislation. The council resolution passed today authorizes the General Counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia to assert the interests of the Council in defending the legality of the act.
DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry will travel to Concord, New Hampshire Thursday to testify before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs. The committee is considering New Hampshire House Resolution 21: A resolution expressing support for the right of residents of the District of Columbia to be fully represented in the Congress.
DC Vote’s Executive Director Kimberly Perry says election delay would be harmful to the fight for greater democracy.
In testimony before the DC Council Committee of the Whole today, DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry urged the DC Council to uphold democracy and support legislation to allow DC voters to elect an Attorney General in November.
Perry also called on local officials to fully implement the budget autonomy law. Both measures were overwhelmingly supported by DC voters.
Senate Hearing Examines Last Shutdown as DC Implements Budget Autonomy Law
The District of Columbia has local budget autonomy under the law that became effective January 1, 2014. Normal operations of the District government will no longer be effected in the event of a federal shutdown.