DC Vote Calls on Congress to Respect Local Autonomy

January 27th, 2023

Patrice Snow
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, Chairman Phil Mendelson and the DC City Council sent its Revised Criminal Code Act of 2021 (RCCA) to Congress to begin the 60-day review process where members of Congress from places like Tennessee and Georgia can attempt to override legislation passed lawfully by those elected to represent DC and her 700,000 tax paying residents. In light of yesterday’s movement, DC Vote’s communications director Patrice Snow released the following statement:

“If reports are to be believed, Congressman Andrew Clyde, who lives in Athens, Georgia, and Senator Bill Hagerty, who currently resides in Gallatin, Tennessee, are both planning on issuing disapproval resolutions to DC’s Revised Criminal Code Act of 2021 in their respective chambers. This is another attempt by Rep. Clyde, Sen. Hagerty and the fringe extreme to not only thwart the movement toward DC Statehood, but to repeal Home Rule in the District.”

Snow continued,“Last summer, Clyde publicly released a proposal for DC that included rescinding the DC Home Rule Act, banning abortion without exceptions, implementing permitless carry, and even eliminating the mayor’s office. So the motive to override RCCA is clear. Perhaps Congressman Clyde and Senator Hagerty should shelve their anti-democracy plans for Washington, DC and sweep in front of their own front porch. Those who have elected Clyde and Hagerty deserve advocates who represent their interests and not wannabe authoritarians who have biased plans to take over the District of Columbia.”