DC Budget Autonomy


Where We Stand

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia supports DC Budget Autonomy allowing the DC government to spend the money raised with local tax revenue without Congressional oversight

In Brief

Since Home Rule went into effect, the District of Columbia has been required to submit its annual budget to Congress for review as they must all other DC legislation.  

On April 23, 2013, voters of the District of Columbia overwhelming voted "YES" on Charter Amendment 8, Local Budget Autonomy. The intent of the Amendment is to permit the Council to adopt the annual local budget, spend local funds, and permit the Council to establish DC's fiscal year.  The Amendment passed the required Congressional Review Period without action by Congress. However, the Attorney General and Mayor declined to implement it because they felt it violated US law. It has since gone through court decisions, but Congress is still interfering. 

Our Allies

DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice solves problems affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the National Capital area. DC Appleseed works with volunteer attorneys, business leaders, and community experts to identify pressing challenges, conduct research and analysis, make specific recommendations for reform, and implement effective solutions.