October 27, 2011 |
IRBIL, Iraq — A northern province of Iraq declared autonomy Thursday in response to a security sweep that has outraged Sunni communities, which say they are being unjustly targeted by the Shiite-led central government. Over the past three days, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's security forces have detained more than 500 people in a campaign billed as an anti-insurgency operation but viewed by some as a gambit to consolidate sectarian power before the U.S. troop withdrawal. The Salahuddin provincial council voted to...
April 11, 2013 |
PRESIDENT OBAMA is following through on the promise made at the start of his second term to stand up for the rights of the people of the District of Columbia. The inclusion in his proposed budget of a legislative provision that would give the District control over its own dollars is a significant development. With momentum building for budget autonomy — D.C. residents are set to vote soon on a referendum on the issue — Congress should take note and take the steps necessary to give the District its legitimate rights.
April 1, 2013 |
THE DISTRICT of Columbia has the singular distinction — indignity is the better word — of having to get congressional approval before spending a penny of its local dollars. The lack of budget autonomy has persisted despite complaints from local officials, and agreement from national leaders in both parties, that it is unfair and impractical to deny D.C. a right that every other city in the country enjoys. But the District's upcoming special election provides a critical opportunity to correct this long-standing...
October 1, 2012 |
District residents could soon vote to free the city from some congressional spending restrictions if the D.C. Council passes legislation to be introduced Tuesday by Chairman Phil Mendelson. The proposal represents a sharp turn in the District's march toward budget autonomy, a key goal of voting rights activists and city officials that has been embraced by some congressional Republicans but complicated by threats of amendments targeting District affairs. Mendelson's bill would authorize a vote in the...
November 21, 2011
In the Nov. 18 editorial "Thanks, but no thanks," The Post agreed with District leaders that gaining budget autonomy is less important than maintaining the (currently disallowed) ability to use city funds to pay for abortions. While Congress's constant meddling in purely local affairs is an affront to all District residents, this latest compromise should be accepted. Far from being a being a poison pill, as was the amendment to gut the city's gun laws, the offer by House oversight and government...
May 28, 2013 |
There is no sign that Congress plans to overturn or challenge the District's budget autonomy referendum that passed last month , but D.C. leaders vowed Tuesday to be on guard against any effort to do so. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) joined Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and local activists on Capitol Hill for a news conference to warn against the addition of "riders" on issues such as abortion, gun laws and needle exchange programs to the forthcoming appropriations bill covering the District.