- To evaluate the intent of Congress in passing the District of Columbia (DC) Home Rule Act of 1973.
- To understand potential repercussions for the District if the Budget Autonomy Act is implemented.
- The DC Home Rule Act provides for a limited delegation of local legislative powers to the DC government.
- Congress retained its constitutional authority as the supreme legislative body, as well as control over the appropriations and budgetary processes for the District.
- In December 2012, the DC Council passed the Budget Autonomy Act, to amend the Home Rule Act by removing the District’s local funds from the Congressional appropriations process.
- Litigation initiated in 2015 by a private DC citizen challenging the legality of the Budget Autonomy Act is ongoing.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Ms. Edda Emmanuelli Perez||Managing Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel||U.S. Government Accountability Office||Document|
|Mr. Jacques DePuy||Partner (Retired), Greenstein Delorme and Luchs, P.C., Former Counsel (1971-1974)||Subcommittee on Government Operations and Reorganization||Document|
|Mr. Philip H. Mendelson||Chairman||Council of the District of Columbia||Document|
|Mr. Irvin B. Nathan||Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter, Former Attorney General||District of Columbia||Document|
|Mr. Brian Netter||Partner||Mayer Brown||Document|