“You want D.C. government to be able to spend local funds then we have to include language prohibiting funds for abortion,” she warned. “The House will not pass a rule allowing for consideration without it.”
Rep. José Serrano (N.Y.), the subcommittee’s top Democrat, said the issue was not about abortion but about D.C.’s right to self-determination.
“We’re not asking you to vote today on abortion. We’re asking you to vote today on whether you think you were elected to be a member of the city council of the District of Columbia,” he said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.