Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will make a last-ditch effort Tuesday to demand a vote on the House floor in the Committee of the Whole.
In September, Norton testified in front of the House Rules Committee in favor of amending the House rules to allow delegates to vote. She also sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, in December asking that she be granted a vote, but to no avail. A draft of the House rules package expected to be approved Tuesday does not include a delegate vote.
The congressional budget deal that is poised to block District voters’ decision to legalize pot will almost certainly not be the final word on the matter. Here are five reasons why:
1. The vast majority of D.C. residents don’t want it to be: Almost seven in 10 D.C. voters backed legalization last month at the polls.
Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser (D) voted for it, and so did almost every member of the D.C. Council. And they did so not to make it easy for well-off, white college students to fearlessly smoke a joint.
Congressional Republicans on Tuesday picked Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah to take over the House Oversight Committee next January, succeeding term-limited Darrell Issa as the White House’s chief inquisitor and—more importantly for Washington residents—the District’s overseer on Capitol Hill.
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said he supports statehood for the District of Columbia. ButFlorida Congressman John Mica believes otherwise.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilmember and mayoral candidate is hoping to have a word with the Republican congressman who wants to block the nation’s capital from liberalizing its marijuana laws.
Councilmember David Catania says he’ll be at Rep. Andy Harris’ office on Friday morning to request a meeting.
Ask Congress to Refrain From Adding Social Policy Riders on DC Appropriations Bill
Today, DC Vote along with 41 other local and national organizations, delivered letters to all members of Congress urging them to oppose all efforts to undermine the District’s local autonomy though the fiscal year 2015 appropriations process.
DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry issued the following statement regarding the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling that the city must conduct an election for Attorney General in 2014.
“DC Vote is pleased that the Court affirmed that the voters of the District have the ability to expand democracy at the local level,” said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry. “We commend Paul Zukerberg and DC Appleseed for standing up to protect the will of the people,” Perry said.
Today, DC Vote sent a letter to the fifty US Senators who signed a letter to the NFL about the Washington football team name, urging them to support legislation to advance DC autonomy, including a bill to grant DC statehood.
The Senators’ May 22 letter to the NFL includes this passage:
Today's ruling by Judge Sullivan to stop DC's new budget autonomy law is unfortunate and disappointing.