July 29, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER

D.C. Budget Collision Course Set

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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton released a statement praising the House report language, which might point toward better prospects for D.C. budget autonomy.

“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.

Lee’s amendment was defeated, 21-26.

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