Top 5 Ways Republicans Have Turned Washington DC Into Their Legislative PlaygroundQuicklink submitted by Amanda Lang Permalink
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|Last night, a bill to grant Washington, DC, budget autonomy had to be pulled from the schedule after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tacked on restrictions that supported his Republican agenda.
According to The Hill, Paul said of the amendments, "I think it's a good way to call attention to some issues that have national implications" We don't have [control] over the states but we do for D.C."
Of course, Paul and his colleagues do not actually represent the District of Columbia -- Paul represents Kentucky, 500 miles away from DC -- and it should not technically be their legislative playground. But Paul is just the last of the long line of members of Congress who mistakenly believe it is their place to tell Washington residents what they can and cannot do.
Here are the top five ways that Republicans have recently tried to legislate the District they don't represent:
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