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December 18, 2014

Capitol Hill Commissioner Concerned About 2024 D.C. Olympics Bid

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser and representatives from Washington 2024 made their pitch for D.C. to host the 2024 Summer Olympics Tuesday, but one Capitol Hill neighborhood representative is raising concerns about the bid.

“D.C. residents should have a say in this because certainly we’re going to be paying for it. There’s no question about it,” Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Brian Flahaven said in a Wednesday phone interview. Flahaven’s district includes the southeast Capitol Hill neighborhood, which could be affected by the Olympic plan. Full story

December 17, 2014

From ‘Printing’ to ‘Publishing’: The GPO Has a New Name

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The GPO is not just for printing anymore. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The U.S. Government Printing Office has officially become the Government Publishing Office, after President Barack Obama signed the year-end “cromnibus” spending package late Tuesday night.

The name change was a provision in the legislative branch portion of the bill, which allocated $120 million to the publishing office, an increase of $1 million from 2014. In the bill, the GPO provision notes that the title change was instituted “to acknowledge that the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond print.” Full story

December 16, 2014

Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

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(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

December 12, 2014

D.C. Activists Make Last-Ditch Senate Lobbying Effort

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Activists are making a final lobbying push Friday to rally senators to oppose a rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia that was attached to the year-end spending package “cromnibus.”

“As the attention moves to the Senate, it is important that supporters of D.C. democracy let senators know that we will not accept an act by Congress that reverses the will of the people,” DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry wrote in an email to supporters. Perry was referring to a rider that could block an initiative passed by nearly two-thirds of D.C. voters in November, which legalizes possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. Full story

December 10, 2014

GPO Name Change, Dome Restoration in Legislative Branch Funding

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Hoeven discusses the Dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Legislative branch spending in the year-end spending bill includes a slight increase from fiscal 2014, allocating $4.3 billion to agencies and instituting a number of policy changes, including changing the name of the Government Printing Office and developing online sexual harassment training for staffers.

Under the bill, the GPO would be re-named the Government Publishing Office “to acknowledge that the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond print.” GPO spokesman Gary Somerset said Wednesday the office is pleased with the change and hopes Congress will pass the bill. Full story

December 9, 2014

Negotiators Strike Deal to Target Tax and Sale of Marijuana in D.C.

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress plans to block the District of Columbia from implementing a system to tax and regulate sales of legalized marijuana in the city, a source close to appropriations negotiations said Tuesday.

The news came hours after a rumored deal between Democrats and Republicans on an appropriations rider addressing pot policy in the District ignited the marijuana advocacy community.

Marijuana legalization advocates said they caught wind of a potential deal between House and Senate leadership that would block legalization of small amounts of marijuana but allow the decriminalization of pot — which emerged intact from congressional review in July — to remain in effect, and they’re outraged. Full story

December 8, 2014

As D.C. Bids Farewell, a Look Back at Marion Barry’s Battles With Congress

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Barry is interviewed about his book at an event in D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was likely the most surprising name in the program at Marion Barry’s funeral service on Dec. 6, considering the former District of Columbia mayor’s tumultuous relationship with Capitol Hill.

“We will all remember him with affection, with respect, and with an amazing sense that here was an American who made a real difference in our national capital,” Gingrich said in a video tribute. Though Gingrich spoke kindly of Barry, the former mayor’s relationship with Gingrich’s Republican caucus was contentious, reaching a boiling point in the late 1990s, and contributing to Barry’s decision not to run for a fifth term as mayor in 1998. Full story

Bowser Joins Mayors in NYC to Develop Immigration Strategy

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Immigration activists gathered in front of the White House listen to the president’s speech on his executive action. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two days after House Republicans took a largely symbolic vote condemning the president’s executive immigration action,  District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser joined mayors from around the country in New York City to discuss strategies for implementing the order.

“Mayors across the country recognize the important contributions immigrants have made in our nation’s history – and that they continue to make in our cities every day,” Bowser said in a statement Monday. “We applaud the Obama Administration for looking to address immigration reform in a responsible and respectful way. These new policies will ensure that thousands of undocumented immigrants in the District of Columbia are given a fair shot at the American Dream.” Full story

December 4, 2014

Incoming Committee Chairmen Talk D.C. Oversight

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Chaffetz, right, will take over the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When the 114th Congress begins its first session in January, Washington residents will have two new chairmen at the top of committees with jurisdiction over the District.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, won a four-way contest for the Oversight and Government Reform gavel on Nov. 18. Two days later, he met briefly with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to lay the groundwork for a working relationship.

“I’m going to work closely with Eleanor Holmes Norton,” Chaffetz told CQ Roll Call. “I told her I need to get my feet under me a little bit, but I want to come sit down with her in December and kind of map out issues that are important to her and things that we should address.” Full story

November 24, 2014

Millennium Challenge Corporation Celebrates 10th Anniversary

While bipartisan efforts in Congress can seem few and far between, policymakers from across the ideological spectrum point to the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Challenge Corporation as evidence they can find common ground when addressing global development.

“It’s one of the few places, frankly, left in Washington where that spirited bipartisanship continues to exist and drive forward,” White House counselor John Podesta said at a Nov. 18 event celebrating the organization’s 10 years.

At the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, more than 400 people gathered to honor the MCC, which was created by an act of Congress in 2004. The crowd included lawmakers, diplomats, and members of President Barack Obama’s administration, the global development community and the private sector. Full story

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