In one of his too-many-to-count concessions, Speaker Kevin McCarthy Emboldened Members of Congress Who Don’t Believe in Democracy for DC

January 10th, 2023

Patrice Snow
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Washington, DC – Yesterday, Axios reported “[t]wo antagonists of hometown Washington — [Reps.] Andrew Clyde and Andy Harris — are part of the conservative House Freedom Caucus that humiliated McCarthy by dragging out his nomination for speaker” by making concessions that the “GOP would make it easier for far-right lawmakers to slip anti-D.C. provisions into federal budgets.” This means that Congressman Andrew Clyde, who supposedly represents Gainesville, Georgia and Dawsonville, Georgia in Congress and Congressman Andy Harris, who purports to speak for Maryland’s Eastern Shore on Capitol Hill, will be allowed to attach unlimited anti-District of Columbia amendments, or riders, to federal government spending bills. In light of this damaging development to the freedom fight in the District of Columbia, DC Vote’s communications director Patrice Snow released the following statement:

“Happy New Year! The same old characters, Andrew Clyde and Andy Harris, brought their same tired political games to 2023 by holding democracy hostage for Washington, DC’s 700,000 tax paying residents by handicapping Speaker McCarthy into an anti-democratic deal. It’s sad that members of Congress who aren’t even from DC or have never lived here are so unhealthily obsessed with rolling back Home Rule rights rather than moving toward full freedom, or DC Statehood. We at DC Vote will continue to monitor developments and call anyone out who proposes and approves biased plans when it comes to policies concerning our freedom to vote, our freedom to govern ourselves, and our freedom to determine our own destiny.”