DC Vote activists protest outside Boehner's house
Seeking to make a point about what they see as congressional Republican meddling in District affairs, local activists staged a protest Thursday outside Speaker John Boehner's house. Yes, that's "house" with a lowercase "h."
Members of the group DC Vote have gone to the Ohio Republican's office before to complain about GOP bills. But with the House now considering a spending bill that would cut roughly $80 million in federal payments to the District and prohibit the city from using its own money for abortions or needle-exchange programs, the activist group decided to raise the stakes.
"Speaker Boehner is coming to our home telling us how to spend our money," said DC Vote head Ilir Zherka. "We decided to come to his house to tell him to leave D.C. alone."
They gathered in front of Boehner's Capitol Hill house Thursday morning, ostensibly to deliver a letter urging the speaker to "vote against any bill that would impose Congress' views on the District of Columbia." They also brought a tea bag emblazoned with the slogan, "End Taxation Without Representation."
According to a news release issued by the group, they were kept from approaching Boehner's door by the Capitol Police. (House speakers receive a 24-hour security detail.) Boehner himself eventually emerged from his home but did not address the protesters.
| February 17, 2011; 2:06 PM ET
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