Press Releases

McDuffie Introduces Measure to Support Local Craft Brewing Industry

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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013 Councilmember McDuffie introduced several legislative measures to spark economic growth and improve the quality of life for D.C. employees Washington, DC – During this week’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced key legislation aimed at promoting economic development throughout the District and improving the quality of life for D.C. government employees. To capitalize on the economic growth that local handcrafted small-batch breweries and spirit distilleries bring to the District of Columbia, Councilmember McDuffie, along with Councilmembers David Grosso, Anita Bonds, and Muriel Bowser, introduced the “Manufacturer Sunday Tasting Permit Amendment Act of 2013.” The measure will expand tastings to Sundays for these beverage manufacturers. Presently, a tasting permit allows breweries and distilleries to conduct product tastings Thursday through Saturday from 1p.m. – 9…
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McDuffie Secures Funding for Critical Ward 5 Projects and Fights to Improve the Quality of Life for District Residents

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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2013 Washington, DC – Yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) presented to the Council of the District of Columbia his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget. Over the last several months, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) outlined his Ward 5 and agency budget priorities with the Mayor and agency directors. The Mayor’s proposed $10.7 billion dollar budget addresses many of these requests, including funding for Ward 5 schools and libraries, increasing the city’s investment in affordable housing, promoting economic development, and enhancing job and educational opportunities. “Mayor Gray presented a solid budget, one that is aimed at improving the quality of life for residents, incentivizing economic development, and increasing educational opportunities for our students,” said Councilmember McDuffie.  “I am pleased to see many…
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McDuffie Fights for Ward 5 Projects in FY14 Budget

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Dear Residents, Tomorrow, the Mayor will deliver his Fiscal Year 2014 budget to the Council. Once the Council receives the budget, we will begin a month-long process of conducting budget oversight hearings for the District’s agencies.   The Government Operations Committee, of which I am chair, has oversight over 19 agencies, and will hold budget oversight hearings on April 11, 22, 25, and May 2.  For a full listing of hearings, see the Council’s calendar. I have heard from many of you about what you would like to see in this year’s budget for Ward 5. Over the last several months, I have outlined my budget priorities with the Mayor and various agency heads, related both to Ward 5 and the agencies under my committee.  I presented them with realistic…
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DC Government Offices Will Be Closed Today

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2013 Washington, DC -- The District of Columbia Government Offices will be closed today, Wednesday March 6, 2013. Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s staff will continue to provide updates as often as possible through community listservs and our Twitter and Facebook accounts. The significant amount of snowfall in the forecast creates the possibilities of hazardous road conditions. City officials asked that you keep road travel to a minimum to avoid accidents and to allow emergency vehicles to travel safely without complication. WMATA has announced that certain commuter bus routes will be cancelled today. Residents can check WMATA's bus alerts page for updates. Wet heavy snow brings the possibilities of power outages. Be prepared for long standing power outages. You should maintain an excess of food, water, medications…
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