Press Releases

Councilmember McDuffie Introduced Measures to Create a Reparations Task Force and Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in the District of Columbia

Councilmember McDuffie Introduced Measures to Create a Reparations Task Force and Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in the District of Columbia

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The proposed measures will establish a Task Force to Research and Develop Reparation Proposals for African American descendants of slavery and declare racism a public health crisis in the District of Columbia. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0741, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chairperson of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Reparations Task Force Establishment Act of 2020 and the Sense of the Council to Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis in the District of Columbia Resolution of 2020. The first measure would establish a 9-member task force to study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans in the District of Columbia, with a Special Consideration for African Americans who are descendants of persons…
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McDuffie’s Statement on The September 2020 Updated Fiscal Forecast

Press Release, Statement
Washington, D.C. — Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement on the DC Chief Financial Officer’s updated revenue estimate: “The District’s CFO Jeffrey DeWitt just provided the Mayor and Council with an updated financial forecast the FY 2020 ended $222m higher than the previous April estimate. Despite ending the fiscal year with more revenue than estimated, the District is still down -$334.4m compared to FY2019 and FY 2021 has been lowered by $212 million. Today’s updated revenue projections indicate that we remain in a recession and the path to recovery will be much longer than originally anticipated. COVID-19 has had a devastating economic impact. With unemployment insurance claims in the District…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduced Emergency Legislation closing a loophole that allows large out of state firms to certify as local business enterprises

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduced Emergency Legislation closing a loophole that allows large out of state firms to certify as local business enterprises

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The emergency bill will require any business seeking certification as a local business enterprises within our CBE program to be independently owned, operated, and controlled. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 21, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Local Business Enterprise Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. The emergency legislation requires any business seeking certification as a local business enterprises within our CBE program to be independently owned, operated, and controlled; and would require currently certified local business enterprises that are not independently owned, operated, and controlled to submit a new certification application by a time specified or face having their certification status revoked. Ensuring that truly local businesses are benefiting from…
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On Chuck Brown’s Birthday, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Details $3 Million “Go-Go Stimulus Plan”

On Chuck Brown’s Birthday, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Details $3 Million “Go-Go Stimulus Plan”

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Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan R. McDuffie, author of the, “Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act of 2019,” also known as the #DontMuteDC bill, announces plan for $3 million in city investments to support the advancement and preservation of go-go music, history, and culture. For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 20, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, and author of Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act, also known as the #DontMuteDC bill, is announcing details for a plan for $3 million in city investments into go-go. In the months since Go-Go earned its new status of “official”, COVID-19 has dealt a major…
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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Including Racial Equity Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

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Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 28, 2019, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 District of Columbia budget.  The FY21 BSA provides additional investments despite the current health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.  The FY21 budget reflects a number of investments in Ward 5, while simultaneously focusing on racial equity and supporting our small businesses and their workers.  I am pleased to share the following highlights, which I believe prioritizes racial equity and economic justice within various sectors of our city including health, small business, government, and education. Ward 5 Priorities: Allocates funding to create interim recreation space in Ivy City and recreational programming. Enhances the District’s Clean Team program with the creation of a new Clean Team in Ivy City.…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Passage of Emergency Legislation To Direct $100 Million To Assist District Businesses In Recovery and Reopen Efforts.

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Passage of Emergency Legislation To Direct $100 Million To Assist District Businesses In Recovery and Reopen Efforts.

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As introduced this legislation prioritizes the hardest hit industries including restaurants, retail, hotels, arts and entertainment to help businesses retain workers and sustain small businesses with a focus on resident-owned and disadvantaged business owners. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Business Support Grants Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This legislation establishes a Business Support Grant Program to provide eligible businesses financial support to aid in their recovery from the public health emergency.  The emergency authorizes up to $100 million from the CARES Act to provide COVID-19 related relief. As introduced, the emergency requires the Executive to establish rules that…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Budget Report Advances Councilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Agenda

Committee on Business and Economic Development Budget Report Advances Councilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Agenda

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Invests in Black entrepreneurs by providing access to capital.Operationalizes racial equity by implementing the REACH Act.Funds a disparity study so more District procurement supports minority and women entrepreneurs. Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chairman Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, engagement with advocates and stakeholders. This budget report is focused on advancing Councilmember McDuffie's Racial Equity Agenda. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: "Developed through the lens of racial equity and recognizing the disproportionate impact the public health emergency is having on communities of color, specifically black people, the Committee’s budget significantly invests in District…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation

Councilmember McDuffie’s Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation

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McDuffie's Use of Force Provision Passed as Part of Emergency Justice and Police Reform Legislation Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-0774], which includes use of force reforms drafted by Councilmember McDuffie. The goal of the measure is to reduce and effectively abolish instances of unlawful use of force by defining specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable. Additional measures included in the legislation passed today include: Prohibits the use of neck restraints ("chokeholds") by law enforcement.Prohibits Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers from reviewing their body-worn camera recordings before documenting their recollections in a report, reversing a last-minute amendment to Councilmember McDuffie's Neighborhood Engagement…
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McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

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McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures The new language requires consideration of whether the person had a deadly weapon and if the police attempted de-escalation tactics Washington, D.C. – In light of the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless more black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, the District of Columbia Council is expected to take up emergency legislation on June 9, 2020. Councilmember McDuffie has drafted a provision he hopes to include that would establish when the use of force or use of deadly force by a police officer may be justifiable or not. The provision would also define specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable. An additional provision that is…
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McDuffie’s Legislative Language Requiring Utilities Enter into Payment Plans with Residents Included in Latest COVID-19 Response Bill

McDuffie’s Legislative Language Requiring Utilities Enter into Payment Plans with Residents Included in Latest COVID-19 Response Bill

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Legislative Language Requiring Utilities Enter into Payment Plans with Residents Included in Latest COVID-19 Response Bill Payment programs are required to be offered during the public health emergency and a period after that, depending on the utility Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the latest in a series of bills in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 and Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020. Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, led the Council’s efforts to require utility providers to offer a utility payment program for customers unable to pay their utility bills due to the public health…
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