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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.

House to Challenge D.C. Budget Autonomy Referendum E-mail

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) chaired a hearing on May 12, 2016 on D.C. Home Rule: Examining the Intent of Congress in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973.  The hearing focused on whether the D.C. Council's effort to amend the Home Rule Charter through a referendum to authorize "budget autonomy," i.e. the right of the Council to approve the budget and appropriate the Disrict's local tax monies without going through the Congressional appropriation process laid out in the Home Rule Act. Current and former congressional attorneys and even Irvin Nathan, D.C.'s former attorney general, testified that the District lacks the legal authority to spend independently. Aaron Post wrote extensively about the hearing in the May 12, 2016 Washington Post.


New Poll on Retrocession to Maryland - Maryland says No! E-mail

Poll: Marylanders Don’t Want To Annex D.C.

Posted by Andrew Giambrone on April 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm

As D.C.'s push for statehood appears to be gaining momentum (for the umpteenth time, one might add), the District's neighbors in Maryland appear to want less to do with the nation's capital, according to a new poll.

Public Policy Polling on Friday released the results of a survey it had conducted of 879 registered Maryland voters from April 15th to 17th. Among Marylanders' support for boosting the state minimum wage (most of them) and requiring criminal background checks for gun sales (more than 80 percent) was a question about the District:

Q22 Would your support or oppose Maryland annexing Washington DC?

Support Maryland annexing Wshington DC 28%

Oppose Maryland annexing Washington DC 44%

Not sure 28%

So much for retrocession! (Not that D.C. residents would want to become part of Maryland, in any case...)

[The poll's data can be found at http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2015/PPP_Release_MD_42216.pdf]


Mayor Proposes New Statehood Plan E-mail
On April 15, 2016, at the Emancipation Day breakfast, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a plan to reinvigorate the statehood movement by calling a constitutional convention to update the 1987 constitution passed by the D.C. Council, but never ratified by the voters. On April 21, 2016, at a meeting of the New Columbia Statehood Commission, which consists of D.C.'s statehood senators and representative, the chairman of the Council and the Mayor, she presented her plan in a little more detail. Read more for press coverage by the Washington Post and WAMU of the Commission's meeting and the actions it approved.
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