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house Bill H.R. 5233

Should Washington, D.C. be Blocked From Controlling its Budget?

Argument in favor

This bill would void Washington D.C.’s illegal attempt to take control away from Congress. As the national capital, D.C. is not a normal city, but a federal district under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.

operaman's Opinion
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05/25/2016
This is strictly up to Congress. Washington DC is not a state. Congress sets DC's parameters.
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05/29/2016
Change in D.C. will come lawfully after the Constitution is amended to allow Congress to relinquish forever their power over the District of Columbia. Amending the Constitution requires asking permission from the majority of the states. That's what the Founders wanted. Let's stick to the playbook.
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Monique's Opinion
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05/30/2016
DC should not have an unlimited revenue source funded by tax dollars
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Argument opposed

It is unfair for Washington D.C. residents to have their budget kept under federal control. This legislation is designed to protect an outdated policy that adds unnecessary costs and complications to the city.

Lesia's Opinion
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05/24/2016
Congress fails at running congress. They need to stay in their lane.
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William's Opinion
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05/24/2016
This is the job of the DC City government, not the federal government. It's the "federal" government for a reason--our national government is not supposed to have full control over states and municipalities.
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pgshpak's Opinion
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05/25/2016
DC denizens deserve the same recognition as occupants of other cities. Allowing DC to set their own budget is a step towards that.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed May 25th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 240 Yea / 179 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMay 13th, 2016

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    This is strictly up to Congress. Washington DC is not a state. Congress sets DC's parameters.
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    Congress fails at running congress. They need to stay in their lane.
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    This is the job of the DC City government, not the federal government. It's the "federal" government for a reason--our national government is not supposed to have full control over states and municipalities.
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    DC denizens deserve the same recognition as occupants of other cities. Allowing DC to set their own budget is a step towards that.
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    What? Congress should give up some power to the people? It is far past time to permit local autonomy in DC.
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    Our current Congress is not capable of effectively or efficiently handling budget issues at the national level. Their understanding of basic governmental economics and what helps a country thrive is nonexistent. Washington D.C. is better off without their meddling.
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    The citizens of DC have no representation in Congress to hold accountable. Rather than tyranny of the majority, it is tyranny by the government and antithetical to the intent of the constitution, regardless of DC's special status.
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    The people of DC are US citizens. Their voice matters just as much as yours, and as such should count
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    Let Washington D.C. control their own finances.
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    Why let Congress' inefficiency and partisanship infiltrate a private city's business? The DC budget has been used as a political bargaining chip too many times already.
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    Washington D.C. ought to be a state. Why does it take so long for democracy and self-determination to take course in America of all places?
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    Change in D.C. will come lawfully after the Constitution is amended to allow Congress to relinquish forever their power over the District of Columbia. Amending the Constitution requires asking permission from the majority of the states. That's what the Founders wanted. Let's stick to the playbook.
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    DC residents pay District income tax (equivalent to a state income tax) in addition to all Federal taxes; yet we still require Congressional approval to spend the self-generated tax revenue collected by the District. This is highly unfair and undemocratic. So not only do we lack meaningful congressional representation to justify our federal tax (IRS) contributions, we don't even have authority over the tax revenue we generate apart from the fed. Congress should either control AND fund DC's budget with federal money (abolish the 'state' income tax), or keep the tax and leave DC's revenue to the authority of the District government. Not both.
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    DC residents pay taxes and should have the right to choose how that money is spent via their representatives
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    Dc should control their own budget!
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    This is constitutional, amend or shut up
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    DC is not a State
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    No city should be blocked from controlling its own budget!
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    I would like representation in Congress equal to that my fellow citizens receive. Is that too much to ask? This isn't full representation rights--but a step in the right direction towards self-governance. I thought Republicans hated big government imposing its control over local government?
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    DC has been a victim of Congressional tyranny for an inexcusable length of time. At the time of the Founding Fathers it made sense that DC would not have undue influence over Congress. Now, it makes no sense that Members of Congress who come from places that have nothing in common with district residents should have control over decisions that 2 or 3 miles away in MD & VA are decisions made by local governments. My impression has always been that conservative members don't trust local people to govern themselves--as is true with conservative views of the rest of the electorate--why else allow corporations & other special interests with lots of $$$ to take precedence over the will of voters everywhere? It is most glaring in the relationship of Congress to DC but it is ubiquitous in conservative government circles: voting & democracy are inherently dangerous and must be circumvented by any means possible. Whether legal or illegal--as is evidenced by all the Red State voter suppression laws. We can't have the riffraff voting & governing themselves, can we?
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