Posts Tagged ‘congress’

The Senate Will Hold a Hearing on D.C. Statehood

The statehood movement got a win today in its long—and very uphill—battle to make D.C. the country's 51st state.
Sen. Tom Carper, the Democratic chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called a hearing for D.C. statehood on Monday, Sept. 15—the first such hearing in more than 20 years. Carper is a sponsor of the Senate's statehood bill. [...]

Feds Say D.C. Budget Autonomy Referendum Has “No Legal Effect”

The federal Government Accountability Office issued a blow to D.C. today, issuing an opinion that the city's budget autonomy referendum has no legal standing.
The referendum, which District voters overwhelmingly approved last April, would amend the Home Rule Charter to allow the D.C. government to spend its own tax revenue without approval from Congress. The law [...]

Lucky Tourists Get to Go to Museums for Free Today

After an two-week hiatus, the open air National Mall and the federally funded museums that line it were open for business Thursday morning, and things felt pretty much like they did before the Oct. 1 doomsday.
Families posed for awkward photos, groups of middle school students wearing the same school shirts huddled in front of museums, [...]

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That's it, the shutdown's over. Everyone can go back to work now and read the latest [...]

The Needle: Down With Shutdown

Done Deal? Congress is so close to a budget deal, you can almost taste the end of the shutdown. +10
Diego Part Dos: A revamped Diego opened last night on 14th Street NW with a new menu and chef. Let's hope it's better this time around. +2

The Shutdown Diaries: Disengaged

I am a nonessential federal employee. This is my shutdown.
Today is a federal holiday. It's Columbus Day, which means no federal workers are in the office anyway. This is one of two weird holidays—Veteran's Day is the other—where few others beyond federal employees enjoy time off. Many private companies fold this holiday time into different [...]

Tourists Try to Cram in as Many Museums as Possible Before Government Shuts Down

The countdown to doom started Monday on the National Mall as tourists scrambled to jam in as many Smithsonian museums as they could before the almost certain government shutdown Tuesday that would close all of the federally funded museums.
"I've waited all my life and wasted all my money to get here," said Kayla Martin, 65, [...]

The Needle: In Congress, Opinions Are Like Assholes Edition

Express Yourself: Voters approved an amendment to the Home Rule Charter in April that would allow D.C. to spend locally raised money without waiting for Congress to appropriate it to us by an overwhelming 81-13 margin. The official word from the House of Representatives: Well, that's just your opinion. Literally—a report issued by the GOP-controlled [...]

Ending Lazy Columnizing Would Boost Dana Milbank’s Case for Local Readership

The specific gripes Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has against the District government, as detailed in this morning's column:

Taxicabs will soon all be painted red.
The signs on top of cab roofs that say "Call 911."
D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange has been admonished for interfering with a health inspection of a campaign donor's allegedly rat-infested grocery store.
D.C. [...]

Troll Call

District voters approved an amendment to the city’s Home Rule Charter on Tuesday that could end the need for Congress and the White House to approve local budgets each year (unless the change is thrown out by the courts or by Congress, which is still possible). Which means the long-frustrating practice of federal lawmakers adopting [...]

Country Run By Weird, Horny Men

Shows like House of Cards may make the life of a woman reporter in Washington look exciting. But according to Marin Cogan, writing in The New Republic today, in reality, being a woman reporter in Washington exposes you to weird sexual advances from creepy D.C. bigshots who seem to think the sex-for-scoops arrangements on the show [...]

If Congress Can’t Avert the Sequester, Here’s What Will Happen to D.C.

The White House has a list of all the D.C. programs that could go without funding if Congress can't avert the sequester, and there are a lot. The D.C. residents who stand to lose most in the sequester include:

Teachers: The sequester would eliminate $533,000 in education funding.
The old: District seniors would lose $191,000 in meal [...]

Bonjour! Washington Is the New Versailles

As promised, Sean Hannity devoted his entire show Friday night to "BoomTown," an expose of our city and its filthy lucre. But instead of likening Washington to the Capitol from The Hunger Games, Hannity's guests opted for a new analogy: Now we're Versailles.
"Not only is Washington, D.C., becoming, you know, this new Versailles that reminds you [...]

D.C. Film Office Coup! Congressman Uses Capitol Hill as Stand-In for Illinois

People say D.C. is a hard place to shoot films, but that didn't stop Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (R) from using a Capitol Hill neighborhood as a stand-in for storefronts in his district. But, as the Hill is Home notes, Schock never says he's not actually in Illinois.
Standing outside the Heritage Foundation's Pennsylvania Ave. office, [...]

Conservative Site Wants to Compete on the Hill

Righty website PJ Media is aiming to expand its Washington operations in a big way. Really big. "I would say that PJ Washington intends to be in that family of Hill-specific publications," says Washington editor Bridget Johnson.
That means competing with Hill reporting giants like CQ Roll Call and The Hill, Johnson's old employer. It's an [...]

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