Norton Ready to Defend D.C. Council-Passed Budget During Upcoming Congressional Review Period
WASHINGTON, D.C.—After the District of Columbia Council today passed its fiscal year 2018 local budget, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is poised to defend it from being nullified by a disapproval resolution during the congressional review period. The District’s budget autonomy referendum, which was overwhelmingly passed by D.C. voters in 2012 and is now law, allowed the D.C. Council this year, for the second time ever, to pass the local portion of the budget and submit it directly to Congress for a review period like all other D.C. legislation. Norton will also fight any attempts by Republicans to repeal the budget autonomy referendum.
“D.C. has once again passed its local budget using budget autonomy, pursuant to the 2013 referendum, which remains the law of the land despite repeated attempts by House Republicans to block it,” Norton said. “Once again, I am prepared to defend our local budget after it arrives to Congress, like any D.C. bill, until House Republicans cease their attempts to interfere with the District and its local laws, including its local budget. With our allies, I will be ready to fight any attempts by an unaccountable Congress to interfere with our local laws or budget.”
Last Congress, Norton successfully defended D.C.’s fiscal year 2017 local budget during the review period and prevented two House-passed bills, which would have repealed the referendum and have prevented D.C. from passing another referendum in the future, from being passed in the Senate. However, in fiscal year 2017, Congress appropriated D.C.’s local funds, as it has always done, notwithstanding D.C.’s local budget, likely preempting the local budget.