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Councilmember Robert White Introduced Landmark Bill to Restore Voting Rights to Incarcerated Residents with Felony Convictions

Today, At-Large Councilmember Robert White introduced the Restore the Vote Amendment Act of 2019 to re-establish voting rights for DC residents incarcerated with felony convictions. In 1955, before the District of Columbia had home rule, the federal government disenfranchised incarcerated residents.

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Landmark Budget Recommendations from Councilmember Robert White

Today, as Chair of the Committee on Facilities and Procurement, I released the Committee’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget report and recommendations. After several months of dissecting budget proposals and recommendations, and working with my Council colleagues, I identified funding for returning citizens, housing, education, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and seniors citizens.

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DC Bands Together to Protect Its Culture

This month, I was reminded of how precious and endangered DC’s culture is. Shaw’s Metro PCS store, on 7th Street NW, has been playing Go-go music from their outdoor speakers for almost 25 years. The community launched the #DontMuteDC campaign after a complaint from a new neighbor forced the store to turn off the music. I grew up listening to Go-go music, and now I am raising a sixth-generation family of Washingtonians.

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Spring and Summer Budget Season are Here!

The Council is now in what we call “budget season,” when we spend several weeks reviewing the Mayor’s budget proposal, holding budget hearings on all local agencies, and developing committee budget recommendations and reports. As a new committee chair, this budget cycle is different than my last two, so I am spending an incredible amount of time wading through the performance and needs of the agencies within my committee’s jurisdiction to make sure they can meet the needs of our residents.