Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Media Source: 
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.