Congress moves to strike down DC’s assisted-suicide law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has voted to invalidate the District of Columbia’s new assisted-suicide law.

Monday’s mostly party-line vote by the House Oversight Committee represented an unusual rebuke of the local District government by Congress. Still, the chances that Congress will strike down the law are slim. The resolution would have to pass the House and the Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump by Friday.

Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, says the law is “fundamentally wrong.” Similar to laws in six states, it would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with a doctor’s help.

The committee vote sparked protests by advocates for District self-rule. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement, “This is yet another attempt by this House committee to trample the autonomy of the D.C. government and undermine our local control granted through Home Rule.”

If the resolution doesn’t pass, Congress could still seek to block the law by inserting language into a spending bill.

WTOP’s Teta Alim contributed to this report. 

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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