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Norton Steels for Fighting Greene, GOP Over DC Home Rule

DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has warned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right Republican from Georgia, that if she works with her party members to repeal the District of Columbia’s Home Rule Act in the next Congress, she will fight. against her hands.

The Home Rule Act allows the city to elect a mayor to run its executive branch and a city council for its legislative branch. The legislation was signed into law in 1973 by President Richard M. Nixon, a Republican, who said it would give DC residents “the right to elect their own municipal officials and to govern themselves in local affairs. “.

In February, Greene’s Georgia Republican Representative Andrew Clyde suggested the repeal of Home Rule and said he was working on legislation to do so.

Additionally, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the ranking Republican on the Oversight and Reform Committee, said earlier this year that if the GOP is the majority party in the next Congress, they will limit the District’s ability to govern itself.

Currently, Norton is the second Democrat on the committee.

“The last time we heard of such threats to DC self-government from Republicans was in the early to mid-1990s,” the delegate said. “Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde literally want the feds to take over running DC as a colony. Republicans fear that DC is getting closer to statehood than ever before, and their response, unsurprisingly, is to try to suppress the democracy that DC’s estimated 700,000 residents enjoy, including a plurality of African Americans. I will defeat their efforts, and their efforts will only strengthen our case for statehood.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera