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January 26, 2015

White House Drone Raises Questions About D.C., Capitol Policy

Sen. Leahy brings a drone to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy brought a drone to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A small drone found on the White House lawn caused some lawmakers to question the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone policy in the District of Columbia Monday.

“The Secret Service cannot handle the threat of drones without further Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations that update the interpretation of the no-fly zone to include such unmanned aircraft,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said in a statement Monday. Full story

January 22, 2015

Lawmakers Define Oversight Role in L’Enfant Metro Incident

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress are looking to flex their oversight muscles, after summoning national and local transportation officials to Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening to brief them on the recent deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.

Although the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating and the D.C. government is becoming involved, members of the capital region delegation insisted they, too, have a role to play.

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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 20, 2015

D.C. Hoping Obama Will Address Statehood in State of the Union Address

Obama making his 2014 State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Obama making his 2014 State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s been nearly 50 years since a president mentioned District of Columbia autonomy in the State of the Union address, but D.C. activists and leaders are hoping 2015 will be the year President Barack Obama brings the D.C. statehood effort to the national stage.

“I think this is an opportunity for President Obama to stand up for what I think is a moral cause and bring national attention to it,” said Josh Burch, co-founder of Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood. 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

Lawmakers Demand Answers About Deadly L’Enfant Metro Incident (Updated)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:14 p.m. | The deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station Monday has raised questions about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s emergency response procedures, and has some members of Congress demanding answers.

On Monday afternoon, a Yellow Line train from L’Enfant Plaza came to a halt inside the tunnel and the train and tunnel filled with smoke, killing one woman and hospitalizing dozens more.  In the wake of the accident, federal lawmakers from the capital region were demanding answers, and they could have more details on the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation next week. Full story

January 8, 2015

‘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

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