House Moving to Block DC ‘Death With Dignity’ Law

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A House committee is taking up an unusual resolution that would invalidate a D.C. law.

The House Oversight Committee will vote Monday on whether to send a resolution to the House floor blocking the District's "Death with Dignity'' law. 

Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, has vowed to stop the law, calling it "misguided'' and immoral. The law signed last year by Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with a doctor's help. Five states have similar laws. 

Congress has the power to invalidate any D.C. law with a disapproval resolution, but it has not done so since 1991. There is no indication the Senate would take up the resolution, even if it passes the House.

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