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Metro Brief: New Republicans Congress launch first attack on D.C. home rule

District of Columbia

On January 26, 2015
Senator David Vitter

David Vitter reintroduced a bill
attacking labor laws.
Credit: vitter.senate.gov

Following this week’s State of the Union, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is doing all that is necessary to keep a bill reintroduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) that attacks the District of Columbia’s local labor laws from moving forward, as she did last Congress.  

“D.C.’s labor laws have been thrown into a national anti-labor bill in a way that Sen. Vitter could not do with local or state labor laws anywhere else,” said Norton. 

The bill continues House and Senate Republican efforts from last Congress to undermine collective bargaining rights nationally and uniquely target D.C. bargaining rights.

“One reason our unions favor statehood is that they understand that the District has been subjected to politically motivated efforts to restrict labor and organizing rights that will uniquely hurt our local workers,” said Norton.  “This latest attempt to target the District goes after labor, but Sen. Vitter apparently does not see the contradiction with widespread Republican support for local control over local affairs.”

The bill, the so-called Freedom From Union Violence Act of 2015 (S. 62), would make it a special federal crime to engage in violence during a labor dispute in connection with interstate commerce and commerce solely within the District, but not solely within states.

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