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

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

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  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

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  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

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 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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D.C. Budget Reflects Priorities of Ward 5 Residents

D.C. Budget Reflects Priorities of Ward 5 Residents

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On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the Council of the District of Columbia held the first of two votes on the District of Columbia Budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The second vote is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 29, 2018.   The budget is the culmination of months of hearings and hundreds of hours of public testimony, resulting in a budget that invests in new facilities for Ward 5 residents of all ages, addresses root causes of crime through continued implementation of the NEAR Act, and supports neighborhoods and small business retail corridors. The following represents highlights of the proposed FY19 Budget: Ward 5 Priorities: Funding for improvements to Model Cities Senior Wellness Center. This popular senior facility will benefit from a renovation to expand opportunities to promote senior…
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Statement on D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program

Statement on D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program

Statement
    Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement on the D.C. BizCAP Loan Participation Program:   "I recognize that our small and local businesses are the foundation of our growing city and play a crucial part in providing jobs for our residents. We cannot afford to have our government fail our citizens and local businesses. Connecting small and local businesses, particularly our Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), to access to capital is one of my top priorities. While today’s article in the Washington Business Journal is deeply troubling, I remain committed to working with the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) to increase access to capital for our businesses. As Chair of the Committee on Business…
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D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government

D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government

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  D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government   The Legislation Will Create a Single Web Page to Link All D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities; Bring Vendor Invoicing and Payments Online; and Ease Dispute Resolution between Prime and Subcontractors   For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Contact: Nolan Treadway, (202) 445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the District of Columbia Council passed legislation introduced by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. The legislation, the Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-395], incorporates parts of two other bills also introduced by Councilmember McDuffie in 2017, the Quick Payment Amendment Act of 2017 and the Government Contractor-Subcontractor Dispute Resolution Amendment Act…
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Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King:   "Today, we remember the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was tragically ended fifty years ago while helping organize sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. While memorialized for his dream, we must also pause to remember Dr. King’s unwavering commitment to racial equality, social justice, and economic inclusion. We must remember his commitment to the ideals of opportunity and social advancement—that only when our normal routines are disrupted do we really begin to fully understand societal issues. In his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize address, Dr. King stated, “there is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of…
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