In the meantime, Congress should refrain from adding insult to injury by placing restrictions on the way the people of the District of Columbia spend their locally raised, hard-earned dollars. Those who cynically view this challenging but transformative time for the District as an opening for further restricting self-determination and forcing pet political agendas upon disenfranchised Americans are abandoning the core ideals of this nation.
The legal system and the people of the District are empowered to address the personal failings of locally elected officials. Congress should respect the right of local self-determination and refrain from sitting in judgment of Americans who, contrary to the basic tenets of our democracy, have no say in the legislature of the greatest democracy on earth.
Jon Bouker is chairman of the board of directors of DC Vote. Ilir Zherka is DC Vote’s executive director.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.