D.C. Budget Autonomy Advocates Hope For Action During Lame Duck | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. Budget Autonomy Advocates Hope For Action During Lame Duck

Play associated audio

There's more support than in the past on Capitol Hill for D.C. budget autonomy, but the proposal still faces hurdles.

The lame duck session has been true to its name so far, as lawmakers spent most of last week working on party politics — not hammering out the details of a proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff. This week lawmakers aren't even in D.C., meaning they'll have a lot on their plates after Thanksgiving.

One of the things D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton hopes will be on the agenda is budget autonomy for the District. She says there's broad support for budget autonomy for D.C., but acknowledges it still faces an uphill battle. 

"My problem with the lame duck is getting the attention of Congress. It could go two ways: that they will be in negotiations for a long time so some bills will have to go through," she says. "Or the whole Congress could be preoccupied with what amounts to a half dozen bills that go out of existence and we go over the cliff." 

Norton is keeping in touch with House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who supports the proposal, but party leaders haven't announced their intentions yet.

NPR

Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It's called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.
WAMU 88.5

Food Packaging & Pricing

Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. We talk about how food packaging affects your recipe and wallet.

WAMU 88.5

Environmental Outlook: The Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

A look at the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

NPR

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.