D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton usually gets along well with her Democratic colleagues in Virginia and Maryland. But on the issue of a commuter tax for those who work in D.C. and live elsewhere, Norton is on her own.
In the past, some have endorsed the idea of the federal government giving the District annual payments to offset what they call the “structural imbalance” caused, in part, by the city’s limited tax base.
These Democrats say that at the end of the day, Norton, a fellow Democrat and D.C.’s nonvoting delegate to Congress, probably appreciates their situation.
“I think Eleanor understands that I want to be helpful to her while being respectful of my constituents’ point of view,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who represents Arlington, Alexandria and part of Fairfax County.
Opposition from outside the city isn’t likely to stop Norton from challenging the status quo.
Speaking with reporters at the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing, Issa mentioned there was flexibility to revise the Height Act. The law, he said, “did not come down on stone tablets.”
“But the commuter tax did,” Norton said. “And those tablets came from Maryland and Virginia.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.