Press Releases

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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Mayor Gray and Councilmember McDuffie Announce Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 31, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie today announced the formation of a 13-member task force charged with developing a strategic plan for the modernization and adaptive use of the industrial areas in Ward 5. Building on the goals of the Mayor’s One City Action Plan, the District’s Five-Year Economic Development Strategy and the Sustainable DC initiative, the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force will develop a strategic and forward-looking plan to transform these industrial areas into a magnet for green and creative businesses that can help diversify the District’s economy, create jobs for different skill levels and provide the amenities and services desired by Ward 5 residents. “With the creation of this task force,…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill Requiring Candidates and Treasurers to Complete Campaign Finance Training

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For Immediate Release: January 22, 2013 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5), Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, along with Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D – Ward 4), Councilmember Tommy Wells (D – Ward 6) and Councilmember David Grosso (I – At-Large), introduced the “Campaign Finance Training Amendment Act of 2013” at today’s Committee of the Whole meeting. This legislation would establish a mandatory training program within the Office of Campaign Finance (OCF) to educate candidates for public office and the treasurers of political, exploratory, inaugural, transition and legal defense committees regarding campaign finance requirements. Currently OCF conducts voluntary training. “As we have seen from recent events, it is important that individuals that are responsible for handling campaign funds have a full understanding of their…
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McDuffie Introduces Several Key Bills at the Start of the Legislative Period

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For Immediate Release: January 8, 2013 Washington, DC – Today, during the first legislative meeting of Council Period 20, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D- Ward 5) introduced several bills aimed at promoting economic development throughout the District, improving the quality of life for many of the city’s residents, and tackling campaign finance reform. “I am very excited about Council Period 20 and ready to get to work on some of the key issues facing our city,” said McDuffie. “These bills represent a positive step toward in addressing tough issues like campaign finance reform and promoting economic activity throughout Ward 5, as well as a way for us to provide vital services that meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.” As Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, Councilmember McDuffie…
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