Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Will Congress Heights and Anacostia Actually Miss DHS If It Doesn’t Move to St. Elizabeths?

The title of the January report from the House Committee on Homeland Security's Republican majority didn't leave much room for doubt on the lawmakers' position. "Reality Check Needed: Rising Costs and Delays in Construction of New DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths," it read. And so when another Republican-led House committee issued a report last month on [...]

Take Back the Capital

Of the District’s acts of defiance during the first week of federal government shutdown, one stood out for its seemingly undefiant nature. Given that the National Park Service was ceasing most of its operations in D.C. while Congress wasn’t funding it, Mayor Vince Gray announced, the city would start picking up trash at Park Service–controlled [...]

Darrell Issa Outtakes: Marion Barry on D.C.’s Relationship With Congress

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has arguably the longest political memory of anyone in the District. Through his years as a community activist, civil rights leader, school board president, four-term mayor, jailbird, and now councilmember, he's seen it all, and he can recount nearly every detail. So it was a shame when I had to [...]

Issa Takes D.C.’s Congressional Oversight Into His Own Hands

When the congressional subcommittee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) held a hearing on the D.C. budget in May 2011, it was clear who was really in charge. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who leads the full committee that oversees Gowdy's subpanel, stole the show and surprised the D.C. officials present by delivering a monologue in [...]

The Perks of a Productive Congress

In my column today, I examine the correlation between national elections and D.C. real estate and find that, well, there isn't one. Or at least to the small extent that there is one, it's overshadowed by more relevant factors like the economy, city policy, and demographic changes.
But studies from recent years have shown the D.C. [...]

D.C. Acorn Housing Office Still Open–For Now

Well, I guess this should come as no surprise. Beleaguered by scandal, Acorn Housing Corporation is laying off some 240 workers, and is determining which offices will close in the coming days, according to Acorn Housing spokesperson Alyson Chadwick. An office in El Paso Texas has already closed, according to the El Paso Times.
Thus far, [...]

Congress May Pass New Homebuyer Tax Credit This Week

Two sources—the New York Times and Reuters—are reporting that Congress will likely be renewing the first-time homebuyer tax credit in the next few days. "After weeks of partisan bickering, the Senate voted 97 to 1 to clear a procedural hurdle and move to final passage on Wednesday or Thursday. The House of Representatives is expected [...]

Homebuyer Tax Credit Will Extend Through July

People are dying for more information on Congress's first-time homebuyer tax credit, which will likely be renewed soon.
The proof is in the page-views: This brief little item I recently posted on the credit is the most popular post in the last month. Google delivered thousands of readers to my little online doorstep. The second place [...]