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D.C. PAC, Americans for Self-Rule,Targets Virginia's Rep. Thomas Garrett E-mail

Rachel Kurzius reported in the August 31, 2017 dcist.com on the campaign by Americans for Self-Rule, a new a non-profit Political Action Committee founded to protect the democratic will of DC residents from Congressional overreach and to promote the District’s right to independent, democratic self-governance, to unseat Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-VA).

Garrett is a first term Freedom Caucus member who represents Virginia's fifth district that runs vertically through the state from Fauquier County south through Charlottesville to the North Carolina border ( a great example of gerrymandering!). He has introduced the Second Amendmenet Enforcement Act of 2017, which would gut D.C.'s gun laws and make it difficult to enact new ones. Only because D.C. is not a state can Congress pass a law targeting the District in this way.

Americans for Self-Rule is running advertisements targeting Rep. Garrett. He was photographed last March with Jason Kessler, organizer of the August 12, 2017 white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally which led to the death of Heather Heyer. This fact is the subject of some of the PAC's advertisements.


House seeks to overturn DC reproductive discrimination ban E-mail

Washington Post reporter Jenna Portnoy reports on the latest efforts by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to meddle in local D.C. affairs by attaching riders to the D.C. Appropriations Act. In particular, she discusses Rep. Gary Palmer's (R-AL) amendment to the D.C. appropriation bill to block D.C. from using local funds to implement the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. Other local D.C. laws targeted by House Republicans are the Death with Dignity Act and the law regarding legalization and regulation of marjiuana sales. Because D.C. is not a state, its local/state level government budget must be approved by Congress which allows Congress to amend or overturn D.C. laws and to prescribe how the District government spends locally raised tax funds.

D.C.'s "Flushable Wipes" Law Survives E-mail
In 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed a law banning certain "flushable wipes" that do not dissolve and clog the District's pipes and filtration equipment. Maryland Congressman Andy Harris (R) tried to overturn the ban, but did not get support for his amendment and withdrew it during the House Appropriations Committee's markup on July 14, 2017. The issue is discussed in a July 5, 2017 artixle in the Current Newspaper.
Congressional Meddling in DC FY 2018 budget Part 2 E-mail

The House appropriations Committee marked up the FY 2018 budget for the District of Columbia on July 14, 2017. D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a press release on July 18, after the Committee released its budget resolution. She called out Republicans for their "bright light hypocrisy" in treating the District of Columbia differently from state and local governments. The bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee would prohibit D.C. from using local funds on marijuana rules and regulations and abortions for low-income residents and would repeal the D.C. Death with Dignity law and budget autonomy referendum.

Celebrate Memorial Day By Urging Congress to Remember Members of the Military from D.C. E-mail

On May 25, 2017, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced House Resolution 365 to recognize the denial of full voting rights in Congress for active duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans, and their families who are District of Columbia residents.

Please urge Congress to enact H.R.1291 and S. 1278 which provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. to the Union. The residents of the District of Columbia should be full American citizens and share in the benefitis, not just the burdens, of being an American citizen. That can only happen by making the residential and commerical parts of D.C. the 51st state.

As Delegate Norton notes in H. Res. 365, residents of the District of Columbia have served in the United States military and National Guard since the beginning of this nation, often giving their lives for their country, only to be denied the right to govern themselves enjoyed by all Americans who are citizens of a state. District residents have been denied their rights for over two centuries! This is a travesty that must be corrected. For the text of H. Res. 365, read more.

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