this is from wiki:
Because the United States Constitution places the District of Columbia under the sole control of Congress, all acts of the [district city] council are subject to congressional override, and thus the council has less power than most city councils in the United States. However, because the District is not part of any state, Congress has devolved many powers normally exercised by state governments to the District's government; thus, the council considers many matters that would fall to county and state legislatures elsewhere in the United States.
Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
|Daniel K. Akaka Chairman (D-HI)||George V. Voinovich Ranking Member (R-OH)|
|Carl Levin (D-MI)||Scott Brown (R-MA)|
|Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA)||Lindsey Graham (R-SC)|
|Roland Burris (D-IL)|
|Christopher A. Coons (D-DE)|
for a city that historically votes quite democrat, it is amazing to see some of THE most conservative junior members of congress on the house committee.
isn't it time that dc get to start running itself? i mean it is a bit scary, we continue to elect marion barry to be a councilmember BUT isn't that what democracy is about? shouldn't we be able to elect a fool if we so desire? america elected dubba, and though i hated it (and felt really the supreme court kinda decided that for us) i respect the democratic process and our right to execute it.
the framers of the constitution set things up this way because at the time the city was full of people who worked on the hill, in the white house, or as servants to those that did. obviously, that is not what the district is today. the district is full of people who work in all sectors of society and we should be able to both rule our own state AND have representation in congress.
A great way to help raise awareness of DC's plight is to write letters-to-the-editor of your hometown, local, and national newspapers. You can be creative about where you send letters by reaching out to magazines, alumni newsletters, community newsletters, e-mail lists and blogs too.
Your hometown newspaper is a good place to begin or, if you would like suggestions of where to send letters to the editor, contact us!