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Posted at 4:55 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Boehner's house targeted by protesters

By Elizabeth Flock
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Local activists staged a protest Thursday outside Speaker John Boehner's house, D.C. Wire reported today.

While members of the group DC Vote have gone to Boehner's office before to complain about GOP bills, they took the protests to his residence this time because of concerns that he was meddling in District affairs.

The protest included a sign that read "Don't Tread on DC" and a tea bag emblazoned with the slogan, "End Taxation Without Representation."

DC Vote is upset the House is 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.

"Speaker Boehner is coming to our home telling us how to spend our money," DC Vote head Ilir Zherka told D.C. Wire. "We decided to come to his house to tell him to leave D.C. alone."

According to a news release issued by the group, the protesters were kept from approaching Boehner's door by the Capitol Police. Boehner (R-Ohio) emerged from his home but did not address the protesters.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 17, 2011; 4:55 PM ET
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Comments

A sorry excuse of a man. Keep your nose out of DC affairs...

Posted by: wolfewalk | February 17, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll might do well to remember that the Constitution of the United States (which I know is important to the Dems decrying the Patriot Act extension) explicitly provides that the Congress has exclusive jurisdiction over the district in all cases whatsoever.

By law, Congress is not able to keep it's collective nose out of DC affairs. Surely you know this, right?

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 17, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@lingering_lead: Congress does not have to have its nose in everything DC does. They could decide to be as involved or as uninvolved as they please. Congresses past have enacted home rule bills, giving DC some power over its own affairs.

Basically, yes, Congress has the constitutional power to do what it pleases with DC. That doesn't mean it has to.

Posted by: trossc | February 17, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Agree with trossc. Of course, Congress could meddle anywhere there is Interstate Commerce, so that's not the issue. Self rule or void the federal taxes like all the other Territories.

You should get what you pay for.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 17, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and pet peave for fake Southerners:

It is "y'all," as in "you all," not the "ya will" of ya'll.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 17, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I wish they had published Boehner's address. I'd like to protest myself. Members of congress should not expect privacy, especially when they are forcing their agenda on the public. PROTEST!!

Posted by: firecat20906 | February 17, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lingering_lead
"Ya'll might do well to remember that the Constitution of the United States (which I know is important to the Dems decrying the Patriot Act extension) explicitly provides that the Congress has exclusive jurisdiction over the district in all cases whatsoever.
By law, Congress is not able to keep it's collective nose out of DC affairs. Surely you know this, right?"

Disregarding the fact that they don't have to, this also means they can give us representation in Congress. Which they refuse to do. So...yeah, that's not right, is it?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 17, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

firecat20906, it's 409 G Street SE. all information I found in a Washington Post article, so it's public information, imo.

Posted by: RedBirdie | February 17, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

DC should wish that Congress would just take over again. Giving them self-rule was the worst thing that Congress ever did to the District because they weren't up to the responsibility. That's when Washington DC de-evolved into the third-world disgrace that is is today--a veritable Mogadishu on the Potomac.

But hey--let's just re-elect Marion Barry to something and forget all that, ok? Hell, that's one reason why the rest of us aren't going to give DC "statehood". We know that you fools would just make Barry the first senator.

Home rule...not for children or for a city filled with high-school drop-outs, welfare moms and ex-cons who vote color over qualifications every time.

Posted by: nola_exile | February 17, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

US CONSTITUTION
Article I, Section 8, Clause 17
The Congress shall have Power. . . To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States. . . .

* * * * * * *

Clearly these ignorant malcontents have a problem with the US Constitution, not with Speaker Boehner.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | February 18, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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