Maryland Senator Holds Up DC Schools Plan

Maryland’s Junior Senator Ben Cardin (D) has placed a not-so-anonymous anonymous hold on the DC School Takeover bill that’s currently working its way through Congress. One of the vagaries of being the Federal City is that no matter what the Mayor and the Council do, it still has to pass the House and the Senate.

Why? Why would he do that? To make a point.

Cardin said he does not object to the mayor’s school takeover and pledged not to hold up the legislation for long. But he added that he wanted to use an education-related bill to renew negotiations on a long-standing dispute between Anne Arundel and D.C. officials over the future of Oak Hill Youth Center in Fort Meade.

Glad to see that the Freshman Senator has learned that douchebaggery is one of those high points of the Senate, and that interfering in the politics of a city for his own personal gain is a power that the Senate gets over DC.

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