S&C Amicus Brief Referenced in Washington Post Article on District Budget Autonomy Decision

August 6, 2014

In the August 6 article, “The District's budget autonomy decision could rest on Home Rule Act's history,” The Washington Post referenced an amicus brief filed by S&C in the D.C. Circuit on behalf of former members of Congress and congressional staffers who were involved in the passage of the federal Home Rule Act. The brief supports the argument being made by the D.C. City Council that the Home Rule Act does not prevent the District from controlling its own budget. “In the face of competing proposals,” the brief says, “the House ultimately passed a compromise bill that did not provide the District with immediate control over its budget, but did grant the District broad power to amend its own Charter, including the budgetary provision.” The brief was written in part by Mr. Wall.