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January 21, 2015

Norton: Union Bill Is ‘First Attack’ on D.C. Autonomy in 114th Congress

The District will have to grapple with a new marijuana rider. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said Tuesday that Republicans have launched their “first attack” on District of Columbia autonomy in the 114th Congress in a bill that would make violence from labor union organizing a federal crime.

The “Freedom from Union Violence Act of 2015,” sponsored by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., would criminalize violence committed by unions affecting commerce by robbery, extortion or threatening physical violence, subject to a fine up to $250,000 or up to 20 years in prison. The bill includes a provision noting that its jurisdiction would include criminal acts interfering with interstate commerce as well as commerce in the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

“D.C.’s labor laws have been thrown into a national anti-labor bill in a way that Senator Vitter could not do with local or state labor laws anywhere else,” Norton said in a statement.  In other words, the D.C. representative took issue with the fact that the federal bill would not affect labor laws in the states, but would affect D.C., since the District is not a state. Full story

January 14, 2015

Norton Introduces D.C. Statehood Bill Despite New Hurdles

Carper, left, chaired Monday's hearing on D.C. statehood options. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Carper, left, with Norton at the D.C. statehood hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the face of likely opposition from the Republican-led 114th Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., reintroduced the “New Columbia Admission Act” Tuesday, which would make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

“Although residents recognize that today’s far-right Republican House and Senate will not move a District statehood bill, our citizens have shown that they will not reduce their activism for statehood,” Norton said in a statement. “The introduction of the New Columbia Admission Act is an important signal that this is the moment for building a strong statehood movement in the city and nationwide, in addition to the continuing work in Congress.” Full story

January 13, 2015

D.C. Marijuana Initiative Transmitted to Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Day one of the standoff between the District of Columbia and Congress over marijuana legalization in D.C. kicked off Tuesday, as the initiative legalizing possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana was transmitted to Congress for review.

The office of the secretary to the D.C. Council confirmed Tuesday that the initiative was sent to Congress. Under the Home Rule Act, Congress has 30 days to review District laws, during which time Congress can reject the law by passing a joint resolution of disapproval. Full story

January 8, 2015

Ahead of D.C. Marijuana Legalization Standoff, Group Calls Out Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Washington, D.C., leaders gear up for a legal fight over marijuana legalization, one advocacy group is calling out members of Congress from both parties for not protecting the will of District voters.

DC Vote, a group advocating for District autonomy, launched a digital project Wednesday called “30 Days of Disapproval.” The group is urging D.C. residents to vote online to disapprove of members of Congress who voted for the year-end spending package, which included a policy rider aimed at blocking an initiative legalizing small amounts of marijuana in the District. Each day, the group will spotlight one lawmaker and residents will vote for the member that deserves the most disapproval at the end of the week. Full story

‘The Great War’ Memorial’s Great Journey

The new WWI memorial will not infringe upon the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call)

The new WWI memorial will not infringe upon the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Achieving approval to establish a national World War I memorial in the District of Columbia took longer than the war itself.

After six years of advocacy, the effort culminated in a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014. Roughly 1,400 pages into the 1,600-page document is a series of sections commemorating the 100th anniversary of “The Great War.” Full story

January 6, 2015

Norton’s Last Attempt for House Floor Vote Fails

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans defeated a final attempt by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to restore her vote in the Committee of the Whole on the House floor Tuesday.

When the delegate vote was left out of the House rules package released Monday, Norton pledged to invoke a procedural tactic on the House Floor to reinstate the vote. But House Republicans defeated her motion on a party-line vote of 192-129. Full story

January 5, 2015

Norton Makes Final Effort for House Vote

Bowser and Norton held a press conference Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bowser and Norton held a press conference Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will make a last-ditch effort Tuesday to demand a vote on the House floor in the Committee of the Whole.

In September, Norton testified in front of the House Rules Committee in favor of amending the House rules to allow delegates to vote. She also sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, in December asking that she be granted a vote, but to no avail. A draft of the House rules package expected to be approved Tuesday does not include a delegate vote. Full story

January 2, 2015

Muriel Bowser, D.C. Reps Focused on Statehood Despite GOP Congress

Norton and Bowser called for a renewed D.C. statehood effort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Norton and Bowser called for a renewed D.C. statehood effort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The District of Columbia has a new mayor, and she is redoubling the effort to make sure D.C. becomes the 51st state.

“I said we’d forge a new path for statehood and full democracy in the District of Columbia – and today we launch an amped up federal and regional presence from the mayor’s office,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said after she took the oath of office Friday. Full story

December 16, 2014

Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent a letter to House Republican leadership Tuesday asking that she be granted a vote on the House floor in the 114th Congress.

Currently, Norton can vote in committee, but she does not have a vote on the House floor or Committee of the Whole. The District of Columbia delegate, other delegates and Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner were granted floor votes in the 103rd, 110th and 111th Congresses, when Democrats had the majority. They could vote in the Committee of the Whole, as long as their votes were not decisive.  Full story

D.C. Council Chairman: Marijuana Rider Doesn’t Block Transmittal to Congress

Mendelson, left, seen here with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, says he is obligated to transmit the initiative to Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mendelson, left, seen here with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, says he is obligated to transmit the initiative to Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson plans to send the D.C. initiative legalizing possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana to Congress in January, and he does not anticipate any confrontation with lawmakers over transmitting the bill.

“I’m not trying to defy anybody. I’m responsible for transmitting the initiative,” Mendelson said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I have a very clear requirement in the Home Rule Act to transmit the legislation. Congress has the ability to step in when that legislation is transmitted, so I don’t see anything that’s provocative here and I certainly don’t intend any provocation.” Full story

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