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D.C. Autonomy Deal Still Hinges on Policy Riders

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Cantor’s support for budget autonomy, first reported in a Washington Post editorial late last week, was greeted by an enthusiastic press release from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

“I appreciate the support of Majority Leader Cantor ... [that] adds to the momentum and our hopes for budget autonomy this year,” she said.

Norton has previously said she would not get into hypothetical scenarios of what she would and would not accept before seeing a proposal, citing a positive working relationship with Issa that could potentially result in legislation without unwelcome consequences for the

“When we get to that bridge, we’ll cross it, or we won’t cross it,” said Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. “It depends on the proposal.”

DC Vote, the leading group advocating District autonomy, is clear in its opposition to any compromise.

“[The] negative part of [Cantor’s] statement is that he believes we should trade away parts of home-rule authority in order to get budget autonomy,” Executive Director Ilir Zherka said. “That’s unacceptable to D.C. residents.”

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