A number of protesters that were arrested with Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials after Congress passed a budget deal detrimental to the District in April will take their case to trial in September, the Associated Press reports.
Political observers expecting fireworks on Capitol Hill between D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the Republican members of Congress who oversee the District may have been a little shocked to see much glad-handing between the two sides at a hearing Thursday.
Advocates for D.C. voting rights are planning another rally later today at the U.S. Capitol, protesting a federal budget agreement that affects the District. Protestors will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Senate Park.
About 100 protesters used Emancipation Day to underscore that the District is still under the thumb of congress. Three protesters, including shadow Sen. Michael Brown, sat in the street and blocked traffic in front of the Senate's Hart Building. They were later arrested.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 others have been released after they were arrested Monday on Capitol Hill after they sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue to protest the budget riders or policy announcements included in the federal budget deal that lawmakers struck to avert a government shutdown.
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