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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

July 2, 2015

D.C. Statehood Gets Independence Day Push

Pelosi's office encouraged other offices to tweet about D.C. statehood. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi’s office encouraged other offices to tweet about D.C. statehood. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats are voicing their support for the District of Columbia statehood effort ahead of Independence Day, though some of their leaders do not co-sponsor the statehood bill.

In an email sent to House Democratic offices Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press office encouraged offices to retweet Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., who tweeted, “This July 4, we renew our fight to end #TaxationWithoutRepresentation in the nation’s capital with #DCStatehood!” The “Digital Dems Early Bird” email sent to offices highlights various caucus priorities each day. Full story

July 1, 2015

Capitol Police Chief Responds to Hearing Arrest Questions

Dine responded to questions about congressional hearing arrests. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dine responded to questions about congressional hearing arrests. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine has clarified the process for removing demonstrators from congressional hearings, ahead of a Thursday court hearing for one activist who alleges he was unlawfully arrested.

In April, local activist Adam Eidinger was arrested during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee markup on a resolution blocking a D.C. law, and charged with “unlawful entry.” His arrest prompted Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to ask the Capitol Police for clarification on policies regarding removing demonstrators from congressional hearings. Full story

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 29, 2015

D.C. Statehood Bill a ‘Take That’ to Republicans

Carper, left, chaired a hearing on D.C. statehood last Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Carper, left, chaired a hearing on D.C. statehood last Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Despite the uphill battle for District of Columbia statehood, Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., has reintroduced a statehood bill noting that the District’s unique political status is contrary to the American values celebrated on Independence Day.

“These Americans serve in our military, die defending our country, serve on our juries, and pay federal taxes,” Carper said of District residents in a statement. “Yet, despite their civic contributions, they are not afforded a vote in either chamber of Congress. This situation is simply not fair, and it isn’t consistent with the values we celebrate as a country on July 4th every year.” Full story

June 26, 2015

Norton Picks Gun Fight With Sergeant-at-Arms, GOP

UNITED STATES - MARCH 4: Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., heads to the House floor for votes on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schweikert argues D.C. would be a safer place with fewer gun restrictions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.

“Even though we have a lot of folks on this issue that speak emotionally, we have really good data sets from at least our state that show from experience,” said Rep. David Schweikert, an Arizona Republican who endorsed a bill supporters say would take away the D.C. Council’s ability to enact gun control measures. Full story

June 23, 2015

Norton Vows to Fight GOP Attempts to Block D.C. Laws

Norton said she is going to fight the riders. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Norton said she is going to fight the riders. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., reaffirmed her effort Tuesday to fight congressional attempts to block the District of Columbia’s anti-discrimination laws, while activists detailed the consequences if those attempts are successful.

In round two of a fight to preserve two laws that the District government argues combat discrimination based on reproductive health decisions and sexual orientation, Norton faces a familiar fight against policy riders attached to the District’s spending bill. Full story

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