Good Day World!
Both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders managed to agree on something recently. A Christmas miracle?
HOW CONGRESS IS GETTING AWAY WITH IT
Through the Home Rule Act of 1973, Washington, DC, can elect a sitting local government composed of a council, mayor, and other local agencies. But the Home Rule Act also made it so each law passed by the local government requires congressional approval — and Congress can still block DC's laws through budgetary requirements, as they are doing with the legalization measure.
Congress previously used this authority to block DC from implementing a medical marijuana law for nearly 12 years. Federal lawmakers have also prevented DC from using local tax dollars to fund abortion services and life-saving clean needle exchange programs.
Time for me to walk on down the road…