“The people of the District of Columbia should not be held hostage to the gyrations of a divided Congress,” he said in a statement. “Our bill would give the District greater control over its own funds and end the fiscal uncertainty that comes from what have become routine protracted Congressional budget battles.”

Still, the bill wouldn’t provide D.C. with complete control over its budget. From Roll Call:

The bill would not completely remove the federal government from the equation, however. As with all D.C. Council-passed bills, Congress would have a window in which to review the budget, during which time it could vote on a “statement of disapproval” that would also have to be signed into law by the president.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

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