Wells: DC Budget Autonomy Long Over Due
July 25, 2013
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells released the following statement on the expiration of the Congressional deadline for a vote to kill District budget autonomy reform:
"This moment is long overdue. It's the people of DC who know best how to create a great city to live, work, and raise a family. Now, it's the people of DC who will decide how to improve our schools and bring opportunity and growth to every part of our city.
"We are now free to spend our locally-raised dollars without Congressional approval. We can now operate city services without the risk of a Federal shutdown. No more delays, meddling, or alterations from Congressional politicians elected to represent people far removed from our District neighborhoods.
"Increased local control over the District's locally raised tax dollars represents an important step for the city, but as a House Committee report notes, Congress retains the Constitutional power to change District Charter laws," said Wells. "It is shameful that some in Congress continue fighting to disenfranchise District residents and to diminish voters expressed desire for budget autonomy. There are no federal policies or national interests served by Congressional regulation over the District budget.
"I will continue fighting on behalf of District residents for full voting rights and full autonomy."