Thursday, May 12, 2016
Media Source: 
Washington Post (DC)
Aaron C. Davis

A key House Republican warned Thursday that city employees could face prosecution if the D.C. Council went ahead with plans to spend local tax dollars without congressional approval.

The threat, made during a two-hour hearing called by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House subcommittee with oversight of the District, raises the stakes in the city’s renewed attempt to win autonomy from Congress.

Meadows said that if the D.C. Council tried to implement a budget without the consent of Congress, it would be flouting the federal government’s “supreme authority” over the nation’s capital and possibly subject D.C. employees to federal prosecution.