Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 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.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Martin Austermuhle
House Republicans could move as soon as next week to try to nullify the 2013 D.C. referendum that limits the role Congress plays in approving the city's annual budget, just as the D.C. Council is readying to cast a first vote on the city's 2017 budget.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Roll Call (DC) | Rema Rahman
House Republicans are planning to block permanently the District of Columbia's efforts to loosen the federal government's grip on its purse strings. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton told reporters after a committee hearing Thursday that she expects the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to mark up a bill as early as next week that would prevent the District from ever seeking to make its own spending decisions without congressional approval.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Andrew Giambrone
Following a court decision in March that upheld budget autonomy for the District, Congress will hold a hearing about D.C. Home Rule on Thursday that some advocates worry could turn into an attack on local independence. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pushed for the hearing, which the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has scheduled for 2 p.m. Its stated purpose is to "evaluate the intent of Congress in passing the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973" and to "understand potential repercussions for the District if the Budget Autonomy Act is implemented."
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Washington Informer (DC) | Hillary Clinton
This past week, President Barack Obama delivered a remarkable commencement address to the students at Howard University. He had a simple message for the graduates – that every shred of progress we hope to make in America depends on voting. He’s right. And we need to make sure that every single eligible citizen can perform their fundamental duty. Recently, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took an important step toward justice by restoring the voting rights of 200,000 formerly incarcerated people, who had paid their debts to society.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Associated Press News Service (AP) | Ben Nuckols
House Republicans are working on legislation that would block the District of Columbia government from spending its local tax dollars without approval by Congress, a subcommittee chairman said Thursday. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the subcommittee on government operations, said lawmakers are seeking to clarify the requirement that the city submit its local budget to Congress, as it has during more than 40 years of self-rule.
Friday, April 15, 2016 | WJLA (ABC News, DC) | MIKE CARTER-CONNEEN
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing for statehood. She announced Friday morning, she will submit legislation this summer to get statehood on D.C.'s November ballot.
Friday, February 12, 2016 | Citizen-Times | Kimberly Perry
The justification offered by Rep. Mark Meadows in your February 7 story for introducing a private-school voucher bill for the District of Columbia is unfounded. “We’re not talking about Indiana or Nebraska,” Meadows said. “We’re talking about D.C., which is not a state, which obviously is supported in some fashion by the federal taxpayer dollars.” Indeed, DC is supported by federal taxpayer dollars, but that support is not unique. Every state is supported by federal taxpayer dollars, including North Carolina.
Monday, February 8, 2016 | FOX Channel 5 (DC) | Ronica Cleary
WASHINGTON - Currently in Washington D.C., school choice is available in two forms. Students of any economic background can choose to attend a public charter school or there is the DC Opportunity Scholarship program, a federally funded school choice program for low-income students to attend private schools. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has introduced the Educational Freedom Account Act, a new school choice program for families in the District. The program is different because it would be funded by local tax dollars and would be available to every public or charter school student.