D.C. Home Rule: Examining the Intent of Congress in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973

Hearing Date: May 12, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To evaluate the intent of Congress in passing the District of Columbia (DC) Home Rule Act of 1973.
  • To understand potential repercussions for the District if the Budget Autonomy Act is implemented.


  • The DC Home Rule Act provides for a limited delegation of local legislative powers to the DC government.
    • Congress retained its constitutional authority as the supreme legislative body, as well as control over the appropriations and budgetary processes for the District.
  • In December 2012, the DC Council passed the Budget Autonomy Act, to amend the Home Rule Act by removing the District’s local funds from the Congressional appropriations process.
  • Litigation initiated in 2015 by a private DC citizen challenging the legality of the Budget Autonomy Act  is ongoing.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. Edda Emmanuelli Perez Managing Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel U.S. Government Accountability Office Document
Mr. Jacques DePuy Partner (Retired), Greenstein Delorme and Luchs, P.C., Former Counsel (1971-1974) Subcommittee on Government Operations and Reorganization Document
Mr. Philip H. Mendelson Chairman Council of the District of Columbia Document
Mr. Irvin B. Nathan Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter, Former Attorney General District of Columbia Document
Mr. Brian Netter Partner Mayer Brown Document

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