“I strongly support Chairman Mendelson’s efforts to remove Councilmember Jack Evans as chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue and to appoint an ad hoc committee to conduct an investigation. These actions, I hope, will begin to repair the damage done to the public trust.”
Today, Councilmember Robert White introduced the Perinatal Health Worker Training Access Act of 2019 , which establishes a grant program to expand perinatal health worker training programs. The grant would provide women living in Wards 5, 7, and 8 with greater access to high-quality care during their pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and to provide residents with training for careers as perinatal health workers.
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.
Yesterday, Councilmember Robert White joined his colleagues in voting to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the District of Columbia. White said, “There is no such thing as a perfect budget, but I am proud of the historic investments my colleagues and I made in the people of our city.”
As Mayor Bowser develops her Fiscal Year 2020 budget recommendations, I’ve asked her to make several critical investments to fund what I believe to be some of our shared priorities. I’ve requested funding that supports families, reduces displacement, and drives equity.
Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and U.S. Attorney Liu announced a partnership between the District of Columbia and the U.S. Attorney’s office to prosecute District residents under federal law in the U.S. District Court. I am disappointed and disturbed by the Mayor’s announced rollback of local control over our criminal justice system.
WMATA fare evasion enforcement data shows a stark and undeniable racial disparity. Advocating for an enforcement practice that is clearly discriminatory is unjust, and we cannot forsake justice in the name of “financial challenges.”
Robert White Re-Introduces Bills to Protect Babies, Help Residents Start Their Own Businesses, and to Ensure Fairness in Background Checks
Councilmember Robert White re-introduced three bills: the Babies Safe at Home Act , the Micro-Business Startup Fee Relief Act , and the Criminal Record Accuracy Assurance Act (CRAA).
Councilmember At-Large Robert White announced that he will serve as chair of the Committee on Facilities and Procurement in Council Period 23 . White said, “I am grateful to Chairman Mendelson for his confidence in leading such an important committee. I will prioritize strong oversight and focus on government accountability, transparency, and efficiency.”