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:
Most Americans are unaware that if the federal government shuts down on September 30, the government of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, will also shut down. There is not a single member of the House or the Senate who desires that outcome.
Cutting Amtrak’s budget by 21 percent for operations and 34 percent for capital and debt service is one of the reasons the Republicans could not find Republican votes to pass their own fiscal year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Republicans created cuts that even Republicans could not stomach.