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D.C. Abortion BIll Fails in House of Representatives E-mail

Washington Post reporters Ed O'Keefe and Ben Pershing reported in the August 1, 2012 edition of the Washington Post that Republicans in the House of Representatives failed to have enough votes to suspend the rules to pass an abortion bill introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) that would apply only to the District of Columbia and prohibit abortions, except to save the life of the mother, after twenty weeks of pregrnancy.

The District of Columbia's nonvoting Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and other elected officials saw the bill as a slap against the District of Columbia that Congress could not single out except for the fact that the District is not a state.

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Senate Committee Passes 2013 D.C. Appropriations Bill E-mail
On June 15, 2012, Washington Post reporter Ben Pershing reported that the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out a 2013 appropriations act for the District of Columbia. The only reason the Congress has to pass an appropriations bill for D.C., as well as approve D.C.'s budget, is that D.C. is NOT a state and that so long as that is the case, Congress has "exclusive legislation" authority over D.C. For the details of the Senate bill and Mr. Pershing's article, read more.
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Stories of the D.C. 41 E-mail

Martin Moulton, president of the Convention Center Community Association (CCCA) was number 39 of the 41 District of Columbia residents arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police during a sit-in demonstration near the U.S. Capitol on April 11, 2011. Along with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and half of the D.C. Council, he was protesting the riders Congress added to the D.C. budget bill, a power Congress only has because the District of Columbia is a colony ruled by the 535 people elected by everyone BUT the residents of the District of Columbia.

Below is Martin's story, the list of the D.C. 41 and some thoughts on their impact.

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