But differences transcend administration. They reflect irritability in a relationship that unwaveringly believes in the city’s nearly 710,000 residents – Ms. Bowser’s estimate was a bit far-fetched – for a federal colony that is far more powerful. The city regularly supports federal officials as worldly aid as the creation of the review is as important as rescuing the Capitol from the opening parade and thugs. Ms. Boeser did not respond to an interview request.
To be sure, the city has attained the throne of tourism, the federal government’s dedication to city parks and culture, and the businesses whose prosperity rests on the federal government.
But it lasts more appendages than a partner. The District of Columbia government gained sufficient authority to govern itself in 1973, but Congress could (and did) reverse its laws. The city can arrest people suspected in crimes, but does not try them; The federal government runs the courts and decides which cases come to trial. Capitol Hill decides how much federal money the city receives for services such as health care and, more recently, epidemic relief, and some officials complain it is small.
Beyond the big issues, there is sand in the gears. Antique, a Washington resident, collects slot machines as a hobby, Mr. Mendelson said, but federal law bars bars slot machines in the capital city. Only an act of Congress can change this, and Congress is not interested. The District of Columbia officials want to strictly enforce laws against hate crimes, he said, but discretion in prosecuting goons is reserved for the district’s U.S. attorney, appointing a Trump administration.
And then there are deadbody-dad arguments over the money: As of October, the District of Columbia government claimed that four years ago, it still owed $ 7.2 million for its work to aid the inauguration of Mr. Trump in 2017. .
“Archiving has been a problem from time to time,” Mr. Mandelson said. “But I don’t think we’ve ever been strict for the inauguration.”
City advocates are certain that relations will improve under a Biden administration. To begin with, Ms. Norton said, Congress could approve legislation filed to transfer authority over the District of Columbia National Guard from the federal government to the mayor.