Home Rule? What Home Rule?

Senator Mary LandrieuSen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) was the first of the crowd to put a not-so-anonymous hold on the DC School Takeover Bill, and today, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) was the second to do so. Sen. Landrieu has put a hold on the bill at the behest of the President of the DC Board of Ed President Robert Bobb.

Ah, DC. Just because a bill passes the council, twice, gets signed by the mayor, that doesn’t make it law.

This is DC. Bills that pass the council and the mayor, also have to pass through the Congress, meaning that there are 535 other people who can stop the bill at any point through the Legislature. And so, today, the chair of the Board of Ed ran an end around.

What’s next? Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) asking for a hold so that she can hold the District hostage over some other point? Sen. Brownback (R-KS) doing the same so that he can hold the District hostage over yet another point? This is just ludicrous that those elected by a wholly separate group of Americans, not even geographically or culturally close to the makeup of the District get to choose what happens here.

It’s honestly embarassing to me.

2 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 7:08 am

    Well, you know, all of LA’s poverty, post-Katrina problems and corruption have been solved so the good Sen. was bored and figured she’d meddle in the lives of people she wasn’t elected to represent.


  2. Reid (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    This situation is a little different that the normal DC law. Ordinarily, when the DC council passes a law, and the mayor signs it, it becomes law absent Congressional action. In this case, we are amending the Home Rule Charter itself, which takes an affirmative vote from Congress.

    In both instances it allows Congressional meddling, but in this case, it seems at least a tad more appropriate that Congress meddle when it’s being asked to do something affirmatively. Nonetheless, I don’t think she was justified in the hold, and Bobb was irresponsible for requesting it.



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