Many House Republicans have painted Washington, D.C. as a bit of a left-wing bogeyman and petri applied to policies they disagree with, such as COVID-era vaccines and mask requirements. They also point to an increase in crime in the District of Columbia. statistics From the Washington Metropolitan Police Department showed that there were 150 murders as of September 21 in 2022, compared to a total of 154 in 2021, putting the city on track for a significant increase.
But a growing number of Democrats have embraced calls for the county state to be granted, arguing that a city of more than 700,000 residents is larger than Vermont or Wyoming and its residents should have representation in the House and Senate. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, is the non-voting delegate to Congress.
The Constitution states that the seat of government will be a “district” of less than 10 square miles in which “Congress shall exercise exclusive legislation.” The Founding Fathers, including James Madison, believed that a neutral capital would prevent any state from exercising significant power over another if it was home to the federal government. But recently, some have said that this arrangement is disenfranchising residents of a major city, leaving them without the same representation as their neighbors in Maryland or Virginia.
Although Washington, D.C. was granted some self-government by Congress in 1973 under the District of Columbia Local Government Act, fueled in part by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it does not have the same level of control over its governance as a state or even similar major cities. Any legislation passed by the City is subject to review by Congress.
Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), has shown They will move to increase congressional oversight of the region. McCarthy, who is on track to become the next speaker if the Republican Party wins a majority in the House of Representatives on November 8 (the party needs to get five seats in the 435-member House), cited public safety as one area where more oversight is being done. And there is a need.
The most powerful tool for Congress in influencing policies in Washington is through the annual spending process, in individual spending bills.
Perhaps the most aggressive proposal comes from Representative Andrew Clyde (R-Ge), who proposed repealing the 1973 law altogether.
Clyde said Washington Checker: “As our Founding Fathers made clear in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the Constitution, it is the duty of Congress to “exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever” over our nation’s capital—making the DC Home Rule and other relevant legislation it attempts to expand, violating the intent of the Constitution.” .
“Americans deserve a safe, clean and properly managed capital,” the congressman said. Necessary to get the DC back on track. Additionally, as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, I also focus on ensuring that residents and visitors of the capital can exercise their inalienable constitutional right to keep and bear arms freely and fully.”
Norton has been a vocal critic of proposals that reduce home rule. She has supported calls for the state to grant a boycott.
The Norton District Local Government Extension Act, which was expanded pursuant to the Self-Government Act of 1973, was passed by the Oversight and Reform Commission on September 20. And if the bill were enacted, it would eliminate the period of congressional review of county legislation and give it similar power to states in their local government.
“Capital must be – and will be – a state,” Norton said in a statement. “However, until Congress grants the State of Washington, which is closer than ever before, there is no constitutional or political reason why Congress should not extend the DC’s authority to manage its local affairs. Today’s commission’s passage of my bill shows progress and momentum toward expanding DC’s control over the its domestic affairs, and I look forward to the House passing the bill.”
Norton’s bill would give the mayor of Washington control of the District of Columbia National Guard, a power similar to that held by state governors, which some have called for in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The House Select Committee to investigate the events surrounding the riots said then-President Donald Trump did not order the deployment of the National Guard, as then-Vice President Mike Pence facilitated its deployment, delaying the response to the attack.
Since 2020, the House of Representatives has twice approved a bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state in the country. But those efforts have so far stalled in the Senate, where it was unable to pass the 60-vote limit in the Senate.