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The Mayor's initiative and D.C.'s statehood constitutions E-mail

For more information on Mayor Muriel Bowser's statehood initiative and the drafting of a new statehood constitution, read more.

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Democratic Presidential Candidates Support Statehood! E-mail

Both 2016 Democratic Presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, support D.C. statehood and the admission of the State of New Columbia to the Union. Below is an article by John Nichols of The Nation Magazine urging them to make sure that statehood gets back into the Democratic platform, Bernie Sanders comments when he voted for H.R. 51, the 1993 statehood bill, and Hilllary Clinton's recent article from The Informer endorsing statehood.

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U.S. judge strikes down D.C. concealed-carry gun law E-mail

In the May 17, 2016 edition of The Washington Post, Spencer S. Hsu and Ann E. Marimow report on the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon in the case of Grace v. D.C. to strike down the concealed-carry restrictions in the District of Columbia's gun laws. For more information, click on read more.

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President Obama Endorses Statehood for D.C. E-mail

President Obama Endorses Statehood for D.C.

On July 21 2014, at a town hall meeting on the My Brother's Keeper Initiative at Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama endorsed statehood for the District of Columbia. When asked about his position on statehood, he said “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it. Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else. And it’s not as if Washington, D.C., is not big enough compared to other states. There has been a long movement to get D.C. statehood and I’ve been for it for quite some time. The politics of it end up being difficult to get it through Congress, but I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do.”


 
House Committee Challenges D.C. Budget Autonomy Act E-mail

On May 17, 2016, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a bill to repeal the Local Budget Autonomy Amendment Act of 2012 and to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to clarify the respective roles of the District government and Congress in the local budget process of the District government. The vote was 22  Republicans in favor and 14 Democrats against the bill. Aaron Davis reports on the Committee's action in the May 17, 2016 edition of The Washington Post and Andrew Giambrone reports on it in the online edition of The Washington City Paper.  To read their stories and a copy of the bill, click on read more.

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