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May 22, 2015

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May 15, 2015

Lawmakers Take D.C. Vouchers Debate to Local High School

Cummings and Chaffetz held a field hearing on D.C. vouchers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cummings and Chaffetz held a field hearing on D.C. vouchers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Federal lawmakers used the backdrop of a private D.C. high school to delve into the D.C. school voucher program and found themselves amid debate about the propriety of Congress’ role in local affairs.

The chime of school bells occasionally interrupted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s May 14 field hearing at Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast D.C. to examine the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The program’s authorization expires this year, and a partisan divide over education funds threatens its future. Full story

May 13, 2015

D.C. Activist Vows to Fight Capitol Arrest

Adam Eidinger said police should not have arrested him in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Adam Eidinger said Capitol Police should not have arrested him in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Adam Eidinger went to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee markup a few weeks ago, he didn’t expect to be arrested.

On April 21, Eidinger and a handful of other District of Columbia activists sat in on the panel’s markup of a resolution aimed at blocking a D.C. law. During the proceedings, some of the activists stood up, chanting, “D.C. votes no!” and were asked to leave the room, though Eidinger and one other woman remained seated. Full story

House Panel Approves Bill to Cut WMATA Funding

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two days after thousands of Metro riders were stranded due to reports of smoke in a tunnel, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut a third of Washington Metro Area Transit Authority funding.

In a 30-21 vote, the committee approved the Transportation-HUD spending bill Wednesday, granting WMATA $100 million in 2016 — two-thirds of the typical allotment. The bill originally cut funding in half, prompting a backlash from lawmakers in the District of Columbia and surrounding regions. Full story

May 7, 2015

Not Your District PAC Increases Outreach, Efforts

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Justin Robinson was scrolling through Facebook comments on a certain Maryland Republican’s page in December, he had an idea.

“This is great,” he thought as he saw the scores of District of Columbia residents commenting in opposition to Rep. Andy Harris’ push to block marijuana legalization in D.C. “But some staffer is reading this. [Harris is] not going to see it, or care.”

So the local DJ and restaurant server left his own comment, saying D.C. residents should start a super PAC and target Harris’ re-election. Then he said he realized that was actually a good idea. Full story

May 5, 2015

Area Lawmakers: Don’t Change Reagan Airport Rules

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the Virginia and District of Columbia delegations are urging Congress not to change the rules governing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, citing an increasing imbalance between the region’s two major airports.

Six members of Congress sent a letter to the House and Senate Transportation committees Tuesday, urging them not to alter the rules governing Reagan National in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, arguing recent changes have led to undue congestion. Full story

May 4, 2015

Paul Weighs In on Cruz Effort to Block D.C. Law

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combating workplace discrimination, seemingly supporting Cruz’s effort.

Last week, the House voted to block the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Texas Republican urged the Senate to take similar action. Paul appears to support the effort to block the law, which conservatives said could violate religious freedom. Full story

May 1, 2015

Cruz Makes Ill-Fated Pitch to Block D.C. Law

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.

Following the House vote to block D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act late Thursday night, the presidential candidate is urging the Senate to do the same, though senators have already left town. RHNDA is a D.C. Council measure that seeks to combat workplace discrimination based on reproductive health decisions, but conservatives say it could force employers to violate religious freedom. 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

Members Urge Capitol Police to Allow Sledding

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Through an amendment to a spending bill, lawmakers are urging the Capitol Police to allow D.C. residents to sled on Capitol Hill.

The ban on Hill sledding garnered attention this past winter, as families were turned away, sleds in hand, from sliding down the snowy hill with the Capitol in the background. Capitol Police reportedly told one hopeful sledder that a congressional appropriator insisted the ban be enforced. Full story

April 29, 2015

House to Vote Friday to Block D.C. Law (Video)

Flores and other conservative lawmakers pushed for a vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Flores and other conservative lawmakers pushed for a vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For the first time in 25 years, the House is set to vote Friday to strike down a District of Columbia law.

A member of Congress and a GOP leadership aide confirmed Wednesday the House will debate the resolution aimed at the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act Thursday and will vote on the measure Friday. The bill aims to combat employer discrimination based on decisions people make on their reproductive health, but conservatives argue it could violate religious freedom. Full story

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