“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.