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D.C. Delegate Asks the President for Courtesy of Consultation on Federal Law Enforcement Officials E-mail

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a press release on March 27, 2017, releasing a letter she sent to President Turmp requesting that he extend her the courtesy of consulting on the appointment of the U.S. Attorney, federal district court judges and other Senate-confirmed federal law enforcement officials in the District of Columbia—the same courtesy extended to her by President George W. Bush. Her press release and letter emphasize how the District of Columbia is handicapped by having its criminal justice system under total Federal control.  These documents clearly indicate why D.C. should be a state so that like other Americans, the people of D.C. could run their local/state legal system and have those running it accountable to them.

The people of D.C. also need to urge our Mayor, Council, and Attorney General to start planning for the return of these functions to the new state and even possibly the return of some of them even before Congress admits us as the 51st state. Funding for such planning needs to be included in the District’s 2018 budget. Please contact the Council ASAP to urge them to include funding for feasiblity studies and planning on how to implement statehood. A state government is different from a colonial government where the power rests in entities outside the citizens' control. We need to get started on in-depth planning for statehood now if we want to show Congress we are ready to become a state. See the resolution of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee in the next article.

Colby King on Marco Rubio's bill to Gut D.C. Gun Laws E-mail

Washington Post opinoin writer Colby King comments on Florida Senator Marco Rubio's "Second Amendment Enforcement Act" bill that would gut the gun laws of the District of Columbia and strip the D.C. Council from being able to enact any gun laws. Mr. King suggests that perhaps Sen. Rubio should apply his law to the U.S. Capiol grounds. He asks "if restoration of Second Amendment rights is good for the District, why not extend that basic goodness to Capitol Hill? ... If the presence of a gun-toting public is good enough for the streets of our nation’s capital, shouldn’t the same be good enough on congressional grounds?".

To read his entire column from the January 28, 2017 (printed; January 27, 2017 online) edition of the Washington Post, read more.


Congressional Republicans Meddle in D.C. Affairs E-mail

With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and a Republican in the White House, House Republicans were emboldened to impose legislative limitations on the District of Columbia's locally raised tax funds. First, they pass a bill blocking the District of using local funds for abortions for poor District women. This is something they could not do if the District of Columbia were a state.

Second, they start and investigation of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to use local tax monies to teach the District's illegal immigrants their rights, hire lawyers to represent them in deportation proceedings, and help them apply for asylum. Mayor Bowser notes that the Congressional investigation highlights again D.C.'s need for statehood.

For the Washington Post's coverage of these two issues, read more

Sen. Rubio wants to gut D.C. gun laws E-mail

On January 18, 2017, Washington Post repoerters Aaron Davis and Jenna Portnoy reported tha t"Congressional Republicans are making an aggressive push to gut the District’s progressive policies, introducing bills in recent days to repeal the heavily Democratic city’s gun-control measures, undo its new law allowing physician-assisted suicide and ban the District from using local tax dollars to provide abortions for poor women."

For their thorough discussion of these issues, read more.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton Protests D.C. Budget Priorities E-mail
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has protected the District of Columbia’s budget autonomy referendum and Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act from being overturned in the fiscal year 2017 continuing resolution (CR), released December 6, 2016, which funds the federal government until April 28, 2017. She also got a $ 19.995 million federal payment in the CR to cover Presidential inauguration expenses.
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