On Tuesday, May 28th, DC Vote, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mayor Vincent Gray and a number of pro-democracy organizations will hold a press conference calling on Congress to respect the voices of DC residents, and refrain from using the DC appropriations bill as a vehicle to advance social policy “riders.”
Today marks another significant milestone in DC’s pursuit of local budget autonomy. The DC Board of Elections and Ethics has officially certified the results of the April 23rd Special Election. In the end, 82% of voters supported allowing DC to spend its own local tax dollars without having to wait for a congressional appropriation.
The introduction of a bill (S. 886) banning some abortions only in the District of Columbia by Senator Michael Lee (R-UT) shows an abandonment of his community first, small government viewpoint in order to advance his own personal political agenda. The bill, which bans all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy only in the District of Columbia, completely contradicts Senator Lee’s political philosophy.
On Friday, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) continued his hypocritical assault on the people of the District of Columbia. Franks again introduced legislation to repeal an existing District of Columbia law and ban all abortions after 20 weeks. His bill would impact only one jurisdiction in the country, the District of Columbia.
Voters in the District of Columbia have overwhelmingly approved a referendum question that will amend a law requiring Congressional approval before DC can spend local tax revenues. The vote on Referendum 8 for the first time allows the locally-elected DC government to pass a budget for the use of local tax dollars, and spend the money on its own schedule. The referendum amends the DC Home Rule Act, and is viewed by advocates of greater self-determination for the District as a fundamental democratic reform.
Voters in the District of Columbia are being asked in a Special Election today whether or not to amend the law requiring Congressional approval before DC can spend local tax revenues. An affirmative vote on Referendum 8 would for the first time allow the locally-elected DC government to pass a budget for the use of local tax dollars, and spend the money on its own schedule. The referendum amends the DC Home Rule Act, and is viewed by advocates of greater self-determination for the District as a fundamental democratic reform.
Supporters of the referendum 8 will gather at The Brixton on U Street to watch election results. The event is open to the media. Elected officials are expected to attend.

WHAT: Referendum 8 Thank You Party

WHERE: The Brixton (901 U St NW)

WHEN: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mayor Vincent C. Gray is urging DC residents to vote for the local budget autonomy referendum that, if approved, would give the District the ability to spend its own tax dollars without congressional approval. The mayor called on residents to support the ballot measure during his weekly radio address.
Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) response to an audience question regarding DC budget autonomy at a Howard University speech today was misleading and perpetuated a myth about the District. His contention that amendments he offered last year to the DC Local Budget Autonomy Act were not the cause of the bill’s failure is misleading. Rand’s personal agenda on guns and abortion doomed chances for the bill.
DC Vote and the DC Budget Freedom Committee take their series of Budget Freedom Happy Hours to
CAUSE
The Philanthropub on U Street,Thursday, April 11 from 5:00 - 8:00PM (details below). DC United Coach Ben Olsen will host the event to show his support for the budget autonomy referendum. Coach Olsen, Referendum 8 supporters, and other dignitaries will be available to talk to the press at the event.

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