It’s June in DC, which can mean only one thing: House Appropriators have launched the annual assault on DC Home Rule better known as the FY 2016 Appropriations Bill.

As it currently stands here are the anti-DC riders and what exactly they mean:

Sec. 809 (b) 

Last week we saw a welcomed victory in the fight for DC local budget control.  This win for the District has been complicated and threatened by opposing legal arguments aimed at weakening popular support for the law. This strategy to sow confusion makes discussion about our budget law inaccessible to most supporters of DC Equality. 

To start, it is best to read the actual court order:

On April 23, 2013, DC residents raised their voices and demanded control of their local tax dollars. 83% of DC voters supported Referendum 8, which gave DC control of its own local tax dollars, freeing it from Congressional delays.

Yesterday, 20 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee proudly declared that the will of major donors and interest groups trump basic democracy.

Two top contenders for the GOP presidential nomination have decided that winning accolades from narrow interest groups, while denying local democracy to 660,000 Americans living in DC is a fair trade. We can’t let them off so easy. 

Last week, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and James Lankford (R-OK) filed resolutions of disapproval in a wrongheaded attempt to overturn two locally-passed DC bills. These resolutions represent political hypocrisy at its highest level, coming from a Presidential hopeful who views himself as the leading defender against federal interference in local matters. 

The will of the DC voters regarding Initiative 71 is now law. Our elected leaders forged ahead despite threats by Congress that shine a light on an unjust system that now clearly lacks moral or political validity.

Earlier this week Alaska became the third state to legalize marijuana. The event passed with the expected buzz as the national conversation about marijuana continues to evolve. 

Thank you all for speaking out during 30 Days of Disapproval.  The digital campaign lasted 5 weeks and thousands of “disapproval resolutions” were filed by you and many other supporters. You may or may not be surprised to learn that Speaker John Boehner took the lead as “Most Disapproved Lawmaker.”

During the new digital challenge: 30 Days of Disapproval, Americans get the chance to "disapprove" of members of Congress from both major political parties who voted in favor of the 2015 spending bill including a provision to overturn a November 4th ballot initiative voted on by the people of the District of Columbia.

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