Press Releases

McDuffie Statement on Passage of Emergency Legislation to Clarify District Role When a Hospital Seeks to Close

McDuffie Statement on Passage of Emergency Legislation to Clarify District Role When a Hospital Seeks to Close

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement upon passage of the Clarification of Hospital Closure Procedure Temporary Amendment Act of 2018:   “Everywhere I go in Ward 5 and across D.C., I talk to residents concerned about the proposed closure of Providence Hospital and equitable access to healthcare in the District. St. Louis-based Ascension Health is the owner of Providence Hospital and its mission statement states “We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.” I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the neighbors, patients, and employees of Providence Hospital who only ask that Ascension Health live up to its promise to be “compassionate and just.” Going back over a year, people who value Providence Hospital have been in the position of reacting to Ascension…
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McDuffie Files Emergency Legislation to Empower D.C. Government to Act when Hospitals in D.C. Plan to Close

McDuffie Files Emergency Legislation to Empower D.C. Government to Act when Hospitals in D.C. Plan to Close

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Files Emergency Legislation to Empower D.C. Government to Act when Hospitals in D.C. Plan to Close Legislation Follows Yesterday’s Roundtable on the D.C. Department of Health’s Role in Approving Providence Hospital’s Proposed Elimination of Acute Care Services Legislation Clarifies the Agency’s Role and Responsibility When a Hospital in D.C. Seeks to Close Washington, D.C. – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie filed legislation, the “Clarification of Hospital Closure Procedure Emergency Amendment Act of 2018,” to provide clarity to the D.C. Department of Health and State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) of their role when a hospital in the District seeks to close. The legislation was co-introduced by Councilmember Vincent C. Gray, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Health, and is expected to be voted…
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McDuffie Statement after the first vote on the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement after the first vote on the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018

Statement
  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement after the first vote on the “Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018” [B22-0092]   "On October 2, the Council voted unanimously to support legislation that provides clarity for participants in homesharing, protects the District's housing stock, and preserves the integrity of neighborhoods for residents across the District. My work on this legislation, the Short-term Rental Regulation Act of 2018, began over a year and a half ago. My goals were simple: to create a clear regulatory framework for District residents to participate in homesharing and address a glaring gap in the law that led to increased pressure on our housing market, abuse by commercial operators, and significant health and safety concerns raised by members of the…
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McDuffie Statement on the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on the Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018

Statement
  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on the “Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018” [B22-0913]:   “Over the course of my career, I have worked to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable residents and I do not take the decision to repeal Initiative 77 lightly. Our work at the Council is often quite challenging, requiring members to consider all sides of an issue to make informed decisions. In my role as Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, I must weigh the concerns of residents and businesses and must carefully evaluate how policy affects our city’s workforce and overall economic growth. My decision to support repeal of Initiative 77 is informed by conversations with…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program to Help Business Enterprises Compete for Contracts Program would assist eligible small business owners who have historically been unable to qualify for bonding by providing training and technical assistance to increase their bonding capacity Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Small Business Bonding Program Establishment Amendment Act of 2018. District of Columbia law requires contractors to obtain a performance and payment bond for certain contracts. Contractors work with sureties to ensure they are qualified to enter into the contract, often having their credit, capacity, financial standing, and character reviewed through a rigorous underwriting process. This legislation establishes a program within the Department of Small and…
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McDuffie statement on the passing of Lillian Huff

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement upon the passing of Lillian Huff:   “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ms. Lillian Huff. Through her many roles in the District of Columbia, she helped to establish political institutions that continue to impact our discourse today. She was a civil rights advocate who opened doors for African Americans and women, while also advancing the cause of self-determination for the District of Columbia on a national stage. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Huff was Chair of the first D.C. Statehood Constitutional Convention; she was one of the founders and founding President of the D.C. Federation of Democratic Women; she twice served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention; she played…
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McDuffie Statement regarding Providence Hospital decision to end acute care services

McDuffie Statement regarding Providence Hospital decision to end acute care services

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement regarding Providence Hospital decision to end acute care services:   “I am deeply alarmed by Providence Hospital's recent announcement to cease all of its acute care services by the end of this year. Many Ward 5 residents rely on Providence Hospital for medical services. This impending closure further underscores how important it is for our city to understand and provide for the health needs of its residents. As a result of the closure of the maternity ward at both Providence Hospital, as well as United Medical Center, I funded in the fiscal year 2019 budget a study of OBGYN services for Wards 5, 7, and 8, and the greater eastern portion of the District to help identify and…
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Councilmember McDuffie Statement regarding Initiative 77

Councilmember McDuffie Statement regarding Initiative 77

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement regarding Initiative 77:   "As a former civil rights attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I have worked to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Given my experience, I do not take any potential legislative action on Initiative 77 lightly. Overwhelmingly, when speaking directly with tipped workers, I have heard their concerns that Initiative 77 would cause more harm than good. Further, the minimum wage for District workers is already accelerating toward $15/hour, based on a 2016 law passed by the Council and which I proudly supported. This minimum wage applies to tipped workers as well, because businesses are required by law to make up the difference if an employee does not earn…
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McDuffie Introduces Bills to Invest in Communities and Address Root Causes of Crime

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        Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to: Create a new D.C. Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Create a new H.O.P.E. Fund to Inject Resources into Targeted Communities Direct Currency and Property Received by Police to Fund Violence Prevention and Intervention Initiatives Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced three pieces of legislation in response to recent incidents of gun violence in the District of Columbia. The bills underscore Councilmember McDuffie’s call for a heightened sense of urgency and that the District of Columbia must use all available resources to address the root causes of violence that plague communities across the District. The Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2018 [ B22-0843…
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Statement on Recent Gun Violence and Funding for a Violence Intervention Initiative

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on gun violence of the past weekend, and a new violence intervention initiative:   "I am deeply saddened and upset by the senseless gun violence that has taken place across communities in the District over the weekend. Here we are, merely weeks before the school year ends, and the summer begins, and we are dealing with 11 people shot and four killed including 24-year-old Anthony Clark, who was shot and killed in Langston Terrance on Memorial Day. This is outrageous, and as a native Washingtonian, husband, father, brother, friend, and Councilmember, I can no longer accept the violence that has gripped our city as an everyday fact of life. Yesterday, I met with residents from across the city…
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