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Tom Davis: D.C. Budget Autonomy Has A Good Chance

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Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis doesn't expect Congress to block an effort by D.C. to grant itself control over its municipal budget.

The D.C. Council has proposed a charter amendment to allow the city to spend local tax dollars without Congressional approval. The proposal is an end-run around Congress, which would have to proactively block the amendment.

But Davis, a Republican from Virginia, doesn't think that will happen, as he said at a recent D.C. Council hearing. There's broad support in Congress to give the district control over its municipal funds, "but nothing seems to happen," Davis said.

He says he doubts that Congress will try "in any meaningful way" to overturn the measure. Former mayor Anthony Williams had been scheduled to testify Friday but did not.

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