On Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, District of Columbia Councilwomen Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), center, along with Council members from left to right Michael Brown, (D-At-Large), Vincent Orange, (D-At-Large), Kwame Brown (D-Council Chairman), and David Catania (I-At-Large) voted to move the Councilwomen Bowser's ethnics bill to the full council. The movement of the bill to the full council was not an easy task for Bowser as Council members Michael Brown and Orange delayed the movement at the start of the committee hearing due to their objections with the bill thus creating a possible stalemate because of the possibility of a tie vote.
Council member Michael Brown wanted a 24-hour delay because he had not had the opportunity to look over the new draft of the bill. Council member Orange opposed the bill leaving only Bowser and Catania in favor of the bill moving to full counsel. After a brief meeting between Catania and Michael Brown on the dais, Brown was persuaded by Catania to vote to move the bill to the full council. With Council Chairman Brown's support, of the bill moved forward with a 4 to 1 vote.