In their first vote of the 114th Congress, the majority used their first votes to eliminate the vote in the Committee of the Whole of the residents of your Nation’s Capital. That vote on some, but certainly not all, matters had been approved by the federal courts. We have used this vote in three Congresses, but not when Republicans controlled.
District of Columbia voters passed the most restrictive marijuana reform law in the country, allowing possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use only. Four states have passed marijuana legalization laws.
A new generation of young people of every race is demonstrating nonviolently to make sure that the larger meaning of the Michael Brown tragedy is not lost.
The following appeared in the Huffington Post on July 2, 2014: