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Debate on D.C. Policy Riders Continues

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray hold a news conference Tuesday to urge Members of Congress to refrain from inserting policy riders into fiscal 2013 appropriations bills.

In March, DC Vote held a demonstration at Franks’ Glendale, Ariz., office to protest that bill. Last week, after Franks held a hearing on the legislation, nearly 50 residents stormed the hallway outside his D.C. office in a tongue-in-cheek demonstration asking “Mayor Franks” to remedy problems with Metro service, public school funding and rodent infestations.

“I think it’s important to carry this message outside the District of Columbia,” Zherka said. “The event we held last week was not only covered [by media] in D.C. but also in Arizona, because guess what? Arizonans are curious to see what their Congressman is doing in Washington, D.C. And when we went out there back in March ... a lot of people were shocked [Franks] would be spending any time worrying about the District of Columbia when Arizona has so many problems.”

Keenan agreed that her organization could use its leverage to protect D.C. while also protecting NARAL’s interests.

“We’re not just talking about this in Arizona with our affiliates there, we’re talking about this all over the country,” she said.

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