WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 12, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing “Examining the Intent of Congress in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973.” The DC Republican Party issued the following statement:

DC Republican Party Chairman José Cunningham stated, “Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with how funds are spent by the District government, DC’s spending priorities are the will of our elected leaders. The DC Republican Party strongly opposes Congressional intervention in DC’s local laws.” He continued, “It is a basic tenet of our party that local jurisdictions decide how to spend their own locally raised tax revenue. While there are understandable Constitutional concerns, I strongly urge the U.S. Congress to look at ways to accommodate the District’s right to spend it’s own non-Federal portion of its budget.”   

The District of Columbia Republican Party has provisions in its current Party Platform advocating for budget autonomy and voting rights. The platform is presently being reviewed and amended, as appropriate, in advance of the 2016 Republican National Convention. Like the platforms of other State Republican Parties and the Republican National Committee, there is a belief that the Federal government should not micromanage local decisions.  

For further information or comments, contact Patrick Mara at (202) 863-5394 or Patrick.Mara@dcgop.com.

The DC Republican Party Central Committee is made up of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards who are nominated and elected to serve as members.