The Washington Examiner says when Republicans take over the House of Representatives next year, Washington, D.C. will be “back on its heels.”
Columnist Harry Jaffe says that Congress is about to “pounce on D.C.” in a manner they haven’s seen since Sen. Jesse Helms inserted anti-abortion riders for D.C. into every bill. And he’s not optimistic about Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s chairmanship of the D.C. oversight subcommittee.
What we are likely to get from Congress is meddling like we haven't seen since the days Sen. Jesse Helms put antiabortion riders for D.C. into every bill that crossed his desk. It could be worse. Chaffetz could run the D.C. committee in the manner of Rep. John "Johnny Mack" McMillan in the 1950s. The South Carolina Republican, an avowed segregationist, ruled the capital city as a fiefdom to the great harm of its black residents.
Gun control is in play. The National Rifle Association wants Congress to ban the District's ability to regulate guns. The NRA had the votes last session and could try again.
Chaffetz argues that D.C. Home Rule is unconstitutional. Jaffe says D.C.’s best hope against congressional intervention in the next Congress may be Missouri Representative Jo Ann Emerson, who is against Congress stepping into D.C.’s affairs.