‘Death with Dig­nity’ bill now goes to GOP-led Congress

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed a bill that would al­low ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients to end their own lives with the help of a doc­tor.

The D.C. Coun­cil ap­proved the “Death with Dig­nity” bill in Novem­ber, and Miss Bowser signed it Mon­day.

The bill would al­low pa­tients with six months or less to live to re­quest lethal med­i­ca­tion from their doc­tors.

The bill now goes to Congress, which will have 30 days to re­view it.

If Congress doesn’t take ac­tion dur­ing that time, the bill will be­come law.

The bill could test the Dis­trict’s abil­ity to ad­vance a lib­eral lo­cal agenda with Repub­li­cans con­trol­ling the pres­i­dency, the Se­nate and the House.

Congress can undo city laws by pass­ing a dis­ap­proval res­o­lu­tion or by amend­ing other leg­is­la­tion.

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