Congress should rescind D.C. home rule

June 26, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Richard Manning today issued the following statement urging Congress to rescind home rule for Washington, D.C.:

“The government of the city of Washington, D.C. affirmed over the past two weeks why it should in no way become a state.  The District of Columbia is just that, a federal district.  It is constitutionally the seat of the federal government for a reason: to ensure that those who work for the government don’t influence the laws that directly impact them.

“Over the past weeks, the D.C. government has chosen to forget its place in the Constitution and has been very slow to bring its significant police presence to bear on insurgents determined to breach the White House, leaving the task to the Secret Service.  The District government effectively evicted National Guardsmen from Utah called into service to do the job the D.C. government refused to do, forcing these patriots to have to sleep on the streets of D.C. as if they were in Fallujah, rather than in a hotel in the nation’s capital.

“These experiences make it clear that Congress should rescind home rule in D.C., rather than extending statehood.  The ugly truth is the locally elected D.C. government has lost its legitimate right to govern over our nation’s capital, and a vote in the House of Representatives for statehood, effectively puts the interests of the federal government and the locality where it resides in direct conflict now and in the future.

“This is bad for the republic and bad for the people who choose to live in D.C. knowing full well the limitations that the choice entails.”

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