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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has become a friend of the District as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is continuing his efforts, which began in the previous Congress, to pass D.C. budget autonomy and, in deference to the strong relationships he has forged with Norton and local leaders over the past two years, he opted to eliminate the D.C. subcommittee in the 113th Congress so he could wield the gavel over all local issues coming before the full panel.
Issa didn’t have much to say about Paul’s new assignment Wednesday but suggested that he thought his counterpart might not be as averse to issues such as budget autonomy as he might seem.
“I think even Rand Paul realizes that as long as we don’t give up our congressional ability to make appropriate decisions about our federal city, we can have ‘his way, my way,’” Issa said. “I’m looking forward to working with him on any issue he’s interested in.”