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November 5, 2015

Hill Makes Pitch for Protected Bike Lanes


(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The commute could get a little easier for cyclists who trek between Union Station and Capitol Hill, if Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and local transportation officials can agree.

Support for a protected bike lane on Louisiana Avenue has grown steadily in recent months, with the Congressional Bike Caucus and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen backing the plan. On Wednesday, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., added her voice to the chorus. Full story

November 4, 2015

What a Paul Ryan Speakership Means for D.C.


Ryan became speaker on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan became speaker on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., adjusts to his new role in the House, he also takes on a little-recognized responsibility: oversight of the District of Columbia.

Ryan has not served on any of the spending or oversight committees with jurisdiction over D.C., so it is tough to gauge his record. But he has spent nearly half his life as a professional in Washington, and he goes to great pains to distance himself from the capital city. On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, he told Martha Raddatz: “I don’t live in Washington, D.C. I never really wanted to live here. I just — I just work here,” a talking point he reiterated throughout the day’s media blitz.

Congress exercises unique power over the District, dictating how it spends local and federal dollars and approving its laws. As a top leader, Ryan has the power to shape that agenda as well, but it’s unclear how he might do so. Full story

October 21, 2015

House Approves Boehner’s D.C. Vouchers Bill


Boehner helped established the DC voucher program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner helped established the DC voucher program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans rallied around outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner Wednesday evening to approve one of his pet projects: a school voucher program for the District of Columbia.

The House approved reauthorizing the program, known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, by a mostly party-line vote of 240191. Full story

October 9, 2015

House Panel Approves Boehner’s D.C. Vouchers Bill


Boehner has been a strong proponent of the DC vouchers program. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner has been a strong proponent of the DC vouchers program. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:30 p.m. | As the House Republican Conference continues to navigate an unpredictable leadership situation, outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner got one piece of good news Friday: his bill reauthorizing a D.C. school vouchers program moved forward.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved, on a party-line vote, a five-year reauthorization of the program Friday. Partisan divisions were on display during the markup. Full story

September 18, 2015

Lawmakers Take Aim at Synthetic Drugs


(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As partisan divisions threaten to lead to a government shutdown, some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are uniting against a common foe: synthetic drugs.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., introduced a bill Thursday to combat the rise in synthetic drug use, which are often chemicals sprayed onto plants, that can alter users’ mental state and cause erratic and violent behavior. Law enforcement has partially attributed the increase in violent crime in the District of Columbia to synthetic drug use. Full story

August 3, 2015

Norton Looks to Extend Workplace Protection to Congress’ Staff


(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., announced Friday she plans to introduce legislation to extend workplace protections and civil rights laws to congressional employees.

“If Congress, our nationally elected legislature, is not yet a workplace where workplace laws are fully applied, how can Congress sit in judgment of public and private employers who must comply with the full complement of laws?” Norton asked in her statement announcing the bill. Full story

July 27, 2015

D.C. Drawn Into Sanctuary Cities Debate


Gohmert introduced "The Safer DC Act" Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gohmert introduced “The Safer DC Act” Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House has voted to limit funding for so-called sanctuary cities, but one lawmaker is pushing to take further action in the District of Columbia, dictating specific policies for law enforcement.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has introduced “The Safer D.C. Act” declaring the District is a “sanctuary city,” or a jurisdiction with policies that shelter undocumented immigrants. “The Constitution explicitly vests Congress with exclusive jurisdiction over the District of Columbia — and we should take action,” Gohmert said. “Therefore, at the very least, Congress must use our explicit Constitutional power to ensure that at least the District of Columbia is not a sanctuary city.” Full story

July 21, 2015

Lawmaker Threatens to Strip WMATA of Management


Mica conducted a hearing on WMATA safety and management. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

Amid concerns about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s management of the second busiest transit system in the country, one member of Congress is threatening to strip WMATA of its current management and structure.

“If this nonsense continues in the lack of management and the ability to get extensive management in place, I will work, and I think I can get support, to require that the operations and management be put up for bid and be given to an operating company,” Rep. John L. Mica said at a hearing on Metro safety and management Tuesday evening. Full story

July 17, 2015

Clinton Support for D.C. Statehood Encourages Officials


 Clinton told the District of Columbia delegate she supports DC statehood. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton told Norton she supports DC statehood. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House and Senate Democrats pitched their national priorities to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her Capitol Hill visit, but one Democrat was able to shore up Clinton’s support on an issue close to home: District of Columbia statehood.

But according to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., the former secretary of State and New York senator told her she’s all in on a more local issue. “I have always been with you, Eleanor.  Of course I support D.C. statehood,” Clinton told Norton, according to a statement from the District’s congressional representative. Full story

July 13, 2015

White House Area Closures Prompt Access, Safety Concerns


Norton is concerned about bicyclist and pedestrian access around the White House. (Photo courtesy of Norton's office)

Norton is concerned about bicyclist and pedestrian access around the White House. (Photo courtesy of Norton’s office)

The White House is undergoing some security changes to deter fence jumpers, but one member of Congress is concerned the construction is restricting bicyclists and pedestrians who traverse the area.

The fence construction and other security concerns have prompted closures of areas surrounding the White House, particularly barring bicyclists from portions of the Pennsylvania Avenue plaza. A recent false alarm about a shooter at the Washington Navy Yard also led to the temporary closure of Lafayette Park north of the complex. The closures prompted Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to raise concerns with the National Park Service and the Secret Service, and request a meeting to discuss what can be done. Full story

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