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 District.
“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.”
On Dec. 19, 2013, the Architect of the Capitol gave a special media tour of the infrastructure surrounding the Rotunda, and the interior and exterior of the U.S. Capitol Dome. This past fall, the AOC began a multi-year restoration project that will repair the more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies from weather and age, and restore the Dome to its former splendor.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.