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October 8, 2015

D.C. Councilmembers Oppose Boehner’s Vouchers Bill


Boehner has been a strong proponent of the voucher program. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner has been a strong proponent of the voucher program. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Eight members of the District of Columbia City Council expressed their opposition Thursday to Speaker John A. Boehner’s bill to reauthorize a D.C. school voucher program.

In a letter sent to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the council members argued the program was ineffective and an affront to local governance. They said students in the program should be able to use them throughout high school, but the program should not be extended to new students. Full story

September 30, 2015

Gridlock to Governing: Staffer Joins D.C. Council Office


Austin is excited about her move from Capitol Hill to D.C. government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Austin is excited about her move to D.C. government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Keenan Austin’s work day now begins by climbing the steps of the John A. Wilson building, instead of the Cannon House Office Building.

Austin recently became the latest congressional staffer to depart the gridlocked institution for the District of Columbia government, joining At-Large Councilmember David Grosso’s office as his new chief of staff in September.

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June 30, 2015

D.C. Gun Fight Advancing Through Courts


Norton (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Norton has accused GOP lawmakers of bullying D.C. over its gun laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal appeals court has expedited the case of a trio of men who filed suit against the District of Columbia in February after being denied handgun carry licenses, and ruled that D.C. can keep enforcing a key provision of its concealed carry licensing system in the meantime.

Backed by the Second Amendment Foundation, a nonprofit based in the state of Washington, the men challenged the discretionary nature of the D.C.’s gun licensing system, which requires gun owners demonstrate a “good” or “proper” reason to obtain a concealed carry permit. Full story

June 12, 2015

It’s Time for the Circulator — on the National Mall


D.C. officials launch a new Circulator route. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Officials launch a new D.C. Circulator route Friday. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

As the sun beat down on the National Mall late Friday morning, District of Columbia officials cut a ribbon in front of a bus parked by the Lincoln Memorial, launching the sixth DC Circulator bus route.

DC Circulator has operated bus routes around the District for the past 10 years, providing $1 rides to residents and visitors. The new route along the National Mall, which originates at Union Station, begins Sunday with 15 stops at the various monuments and museums, with a final stop at the West Front of the Capitol. Full story

May 28, 2015

Mendelson Cautious on Budget Autonomy Act


Mendelson, left, expects the Budget Autonomy Act will take effect. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mendelson, left, is cautious about what’s next. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For the first time, the District of Columbia could move forward with a budget that is not tied to the federal appropriations process, thanks to a court decision issued Wednesday.

“I have to confer with our general counsel, but I expect that we’re going to have to follow the law, which is budget autonomy. Which means we’ll be voting twice and sending the budget to the Congress as we do with any other law,” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said in a phone interview. Full story

May 27, 2015

Bowser, Council Score D.C. Budget Autonomy Victory


Bowser's motion to dismiss the budget autonomy case appeal was granted Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bowser’s motion to dismiss the budget autonomy case appeal was granted Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council scored a victory Wednesday in the ongoing court case surrounding a law granting D.C. more control over its local budget.

On the same day the D.C. Council debated the District’s budget, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted Bowser’s motion to dismiss the case’s appeal, which centered around a dispute between the D.C. Council and Bowser’s predecessor, Vincent Gray. Full story

May 12, 2015

D.C. Officials Break Ground on ‘Capitol Crossing’


D.C. officials break ground on Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call).

D.C. officials break ground on the Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Donning construction hats displaying a blue Capitol Dome, District of Columbia officials gathered under a tent adjacent to Interstate 395 Tuesday to break ground on the Capitol Crossing project.

The $1.3 billion project, privately funded by Property Group Partners, will install five mixed-use buildings over the next four years in what is now just air above I-395. The project includes housing, restaurant, office and retail space, as well as new interstate entrance and exit ramps. Full story

April 30, 2015

House Votes to Block D.C. Law


Norton said the resolution was "a double whammy." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Norton said the resolution was “a double whammy.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a largely symbolic move, the House voted mostly down party lines late Thursday night to block a District of Columbia bill that D.C. officials say would combat workplace discrimination.

A corps of mainly Republicans passed a joint resolution of disapproval 228-192, aimed at the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, which dictated that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their reproductive health decisions. Conservatives argued the act could force employers to violate their religious beliefs. Full story

April 8, 2015

National Watchdog Group Jumps Into D.C. Budget Autonomy Case


Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton criticized the D.C. mayor and council. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton accused the D.C. mayor and council of playing “corrupt political games.” (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Judicial Watch, a national watchdog group, has inserted itself into the District of Columbia court case surrounding the Budget Autonomy Act, arguing the mayor and the District Council are wrong to support the act and are playing “corrupt political games.” Full story

April 7, 2015

Bowser and Racine Still at Odds in Budget Autonomy Case


Bowser doesn't agree with the city's elected attorney general about the Budget Autonomy Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bowser doesn’t agree with the city’s elected attorney general about the Budget Autonomy Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The standoff between District of Columbia officials over the Budget Autonomy Act continued this week, with parties solidifying their positions in court filings and exposing a rift between the mayor and the attorney general.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently deviated from her predecessor, arguing that the act is legal, and has since filed a motion to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that the case should be dismissed. The case centered on a disagreement between two branches of D.C. government about the Budget Autonomy Act granting D.C. more control over its locally raised funds. Full story

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