They were among the 41 arrested in April on charges of blocking traffic and disturbing the peace while demonstrating against two policy riders contained in the short-term funding measure passed that month — one barred federal funds for abortions, and the other reinstituted a school voucher program.
“D.C. elected officials and residents will not walk away from the infringement of their rights to govern themselves and to spend their taxpayer-raised local funds as they choose,” Norton said in a House floor speech in advance of the court appearance.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.