Norton Defeats Multiple Anti-D.C. Amendments in House Appropriations Markup
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) defeated multiple anti-home-rule amendments during the House Appropriation Committee’s markup of the fiscal year 2020 District of Columbia Appropriation bill late yesterday and thanked her Democratic colleagues for supporting the District’s right to self-government.
Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) offered an amendment to prohibit D.C. from using local funds from decriminalizing prostitution, a measure that the District has not even passed yet. Norton said that Harris is a serial offender in interfering with D.C. local affairs, including authoring attacks on D.C.’s use of its local funds on commercialization of recreational marijuana, medical aid in dying law, and even its law on labeling of disposable wet wipes. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) also offered an amendment to prohibit D.C. from using its local funds for abortions for low-income women, although many states have long used their own local funds for this purpose. Norton and her Democratic colleagues defeated both amendments and the bill is free of all anti-home-rule riders.
“Although Democrats control the House, Republicans are still trying to interfere with the District’s right to self-government,” Norton said. “I am deeply grateful to Subcommittee Chairman Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) for their strong support of the District’s right to home rule. Representatives Harris and Roby should know by now that I will not yield an inch when it comes to the District determining its own laws.”