The short-term spending bill enacted in April to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2011 included a provision prohibiting local funds to pay for abortion in the District, and a mass demonstration led to 41 arrests, including the mayor and a handful of D.C. Council members.
There could be similar protests if the fiscal 2012 spending bill contains local policy riders.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is unable to vote on legislation on the House floor, but she is still likely to be vocal in her opposition to riders. On Dec. 1, she sent a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asking them to use their leverage to prevent a D.C. abortion rider’s inclusion in the omnibus.
Norton spokesman Abe Rakov said today that she was continuing to work on removing the provision from the omnibus.
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.