House committee to hold hearing on DC home rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has scheduled a hearing on District of Columbia home rule in the wake of the city’s decision not to submit its budget to Congress for approval.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold the hearing May 12.

City voters approved a referendum in 2013 that said the city can spend local tax dollars without permission from Congress. House Republicans said the referendum was not binding, and it was challenged in court. But in March, a judge ruled in the city’s favor.

Home-rule advocates have long argued that the city should not be treated like a federal agency and that the city government has shown it can be fiscally responsible. The city has strict spending controls that were imposed by Congress in the 1990s.