Press Releases

Councilmember McDuffie statement on today’s Council reprimand

Councilmember McDuffie statement on today’s Council reprimand

Statement
    Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issue the following statement after today's unanimous vote to approve the Council Reprimand of Councilmember Jack Evans Resolution of 2019 [PR23-0179]   "It is incredibly frustrating and disappointing that this Council finds itself back in the position of having to discipline one of our members and attempting to restore public trust. As a former prosecutor, I believe deeply in the principles of fairness, justice, and due process. These are core tenets embodied by our Constitution and fundamental to our democracy. The Council’s integrity rests on its ability and willingness to enforce its own code of conduct when members are found to be in violation. With today’s action and the action to be undertaken at the next legislative meeting, the Council has taken appropriate steps…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

Legislation Information
McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects The bill would provide immediate relief for qualifying small businesses including those impacted by the DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel construction at 4th Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE; as well as businesses impacted by Monroe Street NE bridge reconstruction Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced The Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Emergency Amendment Act of 2019. These pieces of legislation would provide emergency financial assistance to eligible small businesses within 500 feet of construction on District-owned or financed infrastructure. Small business owners would have to be able to demonstrate loss of revenue that leads to…
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CM McDuffie Outlines Budget Priorities in Letter to Mayor

CM McDuffie Outlines Budget Priorities in Letter to Mayor

Letter
Download Councilmember McDuffie's Fiscal Year 2020 Full Budget Letter Here February 28, 2019 The Honorable Muriel Bowser Mayor of the District of Columbia 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20002 Re: Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal Dear Mayor Bowser: As you prepare your Fiscal Year 2020 (“FY20”) proposed budget, I would like to highlight a few Ward 5 priorities and request that you consider funding them in FY20. Last year, your Fair Shot budget made critical investments essential to Ward 5 residents such as supporting $20 million in funding for a new Lamond-Riggs library; $500,000 for new Main Streets and Clean Teams along South Dakota/Riggs Road and Bladensburg; and $300,000 for the design and creation of a statue of native Washingtonian and civil rights leader, Charles Hamilton Houston.…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Performance and FY20 Budget Oversight Hearings

Committee on Business and Economic Development Performance and FY20 Budget Oversight Hearings

Legislation Information
The Committee on Business and Economic Development will hold the following performance oversight and budget oversight hearings. Date, Time, Room #Agencies on the AgendaMeeting TypeDate: Feb 13Room: 123Time: 10:00 AM* Department of Small and Local Business Development* Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking* Department of For-Hire Vehicles* For-Hire Vehicle Advisory CouncilPerformance Oversight HearingDate: Feb 26Room: 120Time: 2:00 PM* Public Service Commission* Office of the People’s Counsel* Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment* Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Performance Oversight HearingDate: Feb 27Room: 500Time: 10:00 AM* Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic DevelopmentPerformance Oversight HearingDate: April 3Room: 500Time: 10:00 AM* Department of Small and Local Business Development* Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking* Department of For-Hire Vehicles Budget Oversight HearingDate: April 8Room: 120Time: 10:00 AM* Public Service Commission* Office of…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District

Press Release
McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District The "Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2019" would establish the Center for Firearm Violence Prevention and Research (Center) in the District of Columbia. The Center would address the nature and impacts of firearm violence on individuals and communities. The Center, modeled after the successful California-based Firearm Violence Research Center, would be housed at an academic research institution in the District and would be required to produce a report every three years on grants made, pending grants, program accomplishments, and the future direction of the program. "As of this morning, there have been 20 homicides in the District of Columbia, a 54% increase over this same time last…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C. Each D.C. Government Agency Would be Required to Use the Racial Equity Tool in Agency Performance Plans by Fiscal Year 2020 Legislation Also Requires D.C. Government to Provide Racial Equity Training for All Employees Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the Racial Equity Achieves Results Act of 2019 [B23-0038]. The legislation operationalizes racial equity in the District by requiring the Office of Budget and Planning to design and implement a racial equity tool, beginning in fiscal year 2020. Further, it requires the Mayor to include racial equity-related performance measures in the development of an agency’s annual performance plans and to require the Mayor to include an evaluation of the use of the racial…
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McDuffie Supports Council Action on Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032

McDuffie Supports Council Action on Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032

Press Release
Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032 Legislation Includes Committee on Business and Economic Development Provisions to Support Workforce Development and Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) Washington, DC – On Tuesday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0904], having been referred to both the Committee on Transportation and the Environment as well as the Committee on Business and Economic Development, Chaired by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie. This legislation places the District of Columbia as a national leader in the fight against climate change by supporting increased investment in solar energy, higher energy efficiency standards for DC’s office buildings, and expansion of the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, of which a percentage must be used to benefit low-income residents,…
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McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry Amendment Prioritizes Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and Establishes Capacity Building and Pipeline Program The Underlying Bill, Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, Already Included McDuffie Proposal that Revenue be Directed Toward Public Safety in the form of Violence Interruption Efforts Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0944] incorporating Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s amendment to ensure this new industry includes a robust program to include women- and minority-owned small local businesses. As Chair of Committee of Business and Economic Development, Councilmember McDuffie crafted the amendment to incentivize firms already in the industry,…
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McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on the Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018, which is scheduled for a second and final on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. "I support the Rhode Island Avenue (RIA) Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018 [B22-0986] because it brings needed economic investment to Rhode Island Avenue NE and Ward 5, the project has a high percentage of affordable housing units, and it protects current residents from displacement. The RIA project includes about three times the number of affordable housing units when compared to other commensurate projects in D.C. (24% of units in this project are affordable, IZ requires 8-10%) and, importantly, many of these units are for extremely low-income renters making 0-30% of Area Median Income. Further, it prevents displacement of…
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McDuffie statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December

McDuffie statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement upon the announcement that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December as previously announced: “Yesterday, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) confirmed that Providence Hospital will not close its acute care services this December as previously announced. Providence Hospital’s Emergency Department will remain open to low acuity visits until April 30, 2019, and the hospital will maintain 10-15 inpatient beds to support emergency services. I thank the DCHA as well as the D.C. Department of Health and State Health Planning and Development Agency for their work on this effort. I also want to thank everyone who fought to prevent the hasty December closure and in favor of a transition that prioritizes the health care needs of…
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