D.C. To Congress: Butt Out!
Local Washington and federal Washington have always co-existed uneasily. The city has no voting representation in Congress and federal legislators mostly act as if District politicians don't exist--except when trying to big-foot the locals by bossing them around.
So it was last night that the D.C. Council cracked back on the feds as it considered amending legislation approved two weeks ago authorizing bars and nightclubs to stay open later than usual during inauguration week. During the debate, council members brought up the letter from Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett asking them not to let the bars stay open longer.
Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) said mockingly: "We have members of the United States Senate who have nothing better to do than lecture us how to conduct our ABC regulation. That's really extraordinary. You wouldn't think that with a war, nuclear proliferation, an economic meltdown, they'd think, 'Oh, we can do something about bars staying open from 3 to 5!'"
Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) piled on later: "I can't stand being dictated to by members of Congress. I bristle at it."
The council did amend the legislation to roll back drinking hours from 5 a.m. to 4 a.m., but that's still later than the normal 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.
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