District of DeBonis: The Hill


Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Congress is always watching

House panel’s interest in marijuana legislation shows that there’s no escaping the curiosity of Capitol Hill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 04/22/2014

House subcommittee will examine D.C.’s move to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will put his subcommittee’s spotlight on D.C. decriminalization measure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:43 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/21/2014

In Clinton trove, a glimpse at the dawn of a new D.C.

A newly released memo shows Bill Clinton’s role in approving District revitalization measures.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitol Hill, History, Politics, The Feds

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 03/27/2014

D.C. budget autonomy could soon get Senate consideration

Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss says he has commitment from key Alaska senator to move on D.C. priorities.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:33 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Budget autonomy efforts still stuck after shutdown, Gray says

Shutdown battle may have changed the public’s minds, the mayor says, but not Congress’s.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Here’s to small victories

The shutdown is over, and the city ended up with a token of congressional appreciation in the end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

‘Don’t screw it up’

District leaders’ confrontational approach to the federal shutdown finally resulted in some confrontations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013

'Severely negative consequences' at hand?

Mayor Gray shifted his shutdown tone Tuesday, moving from it's-business-as-usual to warnings of 'severely negative consequences.'

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 10/07/2013

America's garbagemen

District taxpayers are now subsidizing trash removal on property owned by the world's most powerful government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown will halt D.C. Medicaid payments

Delayed checks mean another setback for D.C. medical providers, particularly those serving low-income residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 09/30/2013

D.C. government will be open Tuesday, employees are told

District workers will be on the job regardless of whether or not Congress extends federal appropriations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:41 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown threat ebbs for D.C.

It is increasingly clear the District government won't be shutting down with the feds — at least, not at first.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Shutdown showdown

District leaders had their mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it moment during a breakfast meeting Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Scholarships get slashed

The House appropriations committee took the meat ax to the beloved Tuition Assistance Grant program, cutting funding in half from current levels.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Frederick Douglass takes his rightful place

A seven-foot likeness of Douglass now sits in the U.S. Capitol, representing the District among statuary from the 50 states.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Teenagers these days

Asked Thursday about the District's budget autonomy referendum, Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) opted for a paternalistic, if not patronizing, analogy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Rand Paul is 'willing to look at' D.C. budget autonomy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went to Howard University to discuss Republican messaging, but took a question on a proposal to give D.C. greater budgetary freedom from Congress.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:32 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Federal cutbacks could worsen D.C.'s affordable housing crunch

Should federal 'sequestration' proceed, cuts in housing assistance to D.C.'s lowest-income residents could make an already difficult problem even worse.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Housing, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/21/2013

'Yes on 8 campaign kicks off push for D.C. budget autonomy

Budget autonomy referendum backers have launched an effort to ensure the measure's success on April 23.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Vincent Gray has low expectations for the State of the Union

The mayor said he thought it was unlikely President Obama would indulge his request to mention a local D.C. issue in his address next week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:02 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Eleanor Holmes Norton suggests feds should pay for Bloomingdale flooding fix

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has asked President Obama to include $40 million in next budget for D.C. flooding relief.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Wilson Building carries 'Full Democracy' message for inaugural parade

"A More Perfect Union Must Include Full Democracy in DC," reads a banner affixed to the John A. Wilson Building.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:01 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Irv Nathan says he's done fighting the budget autonomy referendum

Irvin Nathan said Wednesday he will stand down his opposition to the maneuver that has divided the city government's top legal minds.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/03/2013

D.C. and the 113th Congress

So far, committee assignments look OK for D.C.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Gee, thanks, Joe!

Just before retirement and the end of Congress’ session, Lieberman introduces a D.C. statehood bill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:39 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Obama blew the debate, Eleanor Holmes Norton says

The District's congressional delegate minced no words in critiquing her fellow Democrat. Norton also took questions on the proposed budget autonomy referendum.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:04 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Budget Autonomy, Capitol Hill, Eleanor Holmes Norton, The Hill

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Key Hill Democrats give budget autonomy referendum a thumbs-up

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. Jose Serrano say proposed referendum isn't such a bad idea after all.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Budget Autonomy, Capitol Hill, The Hill