Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Congress’

WaPo: D.C. Voting Rights Bill Headed for House Vote

Ann Marimow of the Washington Post is reporting that Democratic leadership plans to bring a D.C. voting rights bill to the House floor "as early as next week."
The catch: Marimow reports the measure will include some sort of amendment constraining the District's gun-control laws—an idea massively unpopular among the city political establishment.
The bill would grant [...]

Projected Gay Marriage Day: March 2

So the gay marriage bill passed by the D.C. Council and signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is now before Congress for a 30-legislative-day passive review period.
But what is a legislative day? It means days when at last one house of Congress is in session, and while most business days are legislative days and vice [...]

D.C. Gay Marriage: The Roadblocks That Remain

Here's now Ward 5 ANC member Bob King feels about gay marriage:
"This is the most contentious issue of the 21st century," he says. Even accounting for "the fact we have two wars, a struggling economy, health-care reform, 13 percent unemployment rate, 50 percent dropout rate, African-American kids, Latino kids dying in the streets at an [...]

Medical Marijuana in D.C.: What’s Next?

It's looking increasingly certain that Congress will leave the District's spending bill free of social-policy riders for the first time in many, many years. The House passed the bill yesterday, and the Senate is expected to follow suit next week. Once President Barack Obama signs the legislation, the District will be free to spend local [...]

Congress Set to Lift Controversial D.C. Riders

This just in: D.C.'s spending bill is through a congressional conference committee, and there is some very good news for the District.
A joint appropriations press release [PDF] says that an omnibus spending bill, almost certain to pass "[e]liminates a prohibition on the use of local tax funds for abortion, thereby putting the District in the [...]

Julia Corker, Senator’s Daughter, Carjacked in Penn Quarter

Julia Corker, the 22-year-old daughter of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), was carjacked last night.
Corker (second from left in photo) was driving a Chevy Tahoe SUV at 7th and D Streets NW, in Penn Quarter, when a man knocked on her window. She proceeded to roll down the window, and the man opened the door, grabbed [...]

District Limerick: Salahi Thursday

A week after guards were deceived
An invite, of sorts, they've received
They say at this hearing
They won't be appearing
A plan that has Thompson (D-Miss.) quite peeved
An invite might seem a formality
Not so, it turns out, in reality
To slip by a sentry
Is false pretense entry
What's that, do I smell illegality?

What Was Michelle Rhee’s ‘Damage Control’ for Kevin Johnson?

Stories broke this morning in the Los Angeles Times and in the Examiner reporting that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee took an active role in investigations of her fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
Allow LL to explicate a little more fully what this is and what Rhee is alleged to have done.

Members of Congress Line Up to Tell D.C. How to Spend Its Money

At 3 p.m. today, the House rules committee will take up the District of Columbia appropriations bill, and will decide which amendments will later be taken up on the House floor.
Amendments proposed so far include a number of social-policy riders that have been removed in subcommittee and committee actions. They also include attempts to prevent [...]

D.C. Medical Marijuana Passes Another Hurdle

A measure to once again ban D.C. from implementing a 1998 medical marijuana initiative failed in a House appropriations committee vote this evening.
The D.C. budget made it out of its appropriations subcommittee without the so-called Barr amendment—a rider, first introduced by Georgia Republican Bob Barr, which has graced the District budget since 1998. But this [...]

Chaffetz: Federal Funding Means Congress Can Nix D.C. Gay Marriage Bill

As LL noted this morning, it seems young Jason Chaffetz of Utah is taking the lead in the House of Representatives in attempts to overturn the District's recognition of same-sex marriages.
His hometown newspapers, the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, both published stories about his involvement today.
Here's what the latter wrote:
While Chaffetz agrees he [...]

D.C. Voting Rights: It’s All About Conference Now

OK, so you're worried about that gun amendment the Senate attached today to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act?
According to LL's game-planning here, you probably shouldn't be that worried. Civics lesson time, people: