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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.