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Norton Thanks Issa for His Support for Equal Treatment for D.C. after Announcing He Would Not Seek Reelection

Jan 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement after Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced he would not seek reelection.  From 2011-2015, Issa served as chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), which has jurisdiction over the District of Columbia.

“Representative Issa, as a Republican, and I, as a Democrat, did not always see eye to eye, but when he served as Oversight Committee chair, we developed a strong relationship in our work on the District of Columbia,” Norton said. “I was initially concerned at the beginning of his tenure as chair when he held a virtually unprecedented authorizing committee hearing on D.C.’s local budget.  However, at that hearing, we learned that Chairman Issa held hearings to actually hear and learn from testimony.  After hearing from the District’s leaders and independent experts, Chairman Issa embraced budget autonomy for the District of Columbia and worked tirelessly on the issue.  He also worked with me to get the D.C. government exempted from federal government shutdowns and even introduced a bill to permanently allow D.C. to avoid shutting down when the federal government shuts down.  Most recently, he was the only Republican in committee who voted last year against a disapproval resolution to nullify D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law, saying that while he opposed the policy itself, he respected the right of D.C. residents to decide their own local laws.  Representative Issa treated D.C. with fairness and respect, and set a model for how Republicans and Democrats can work in a bipartisan fashion to find ways for Congress to assist the nation’s capital while respecting local government.”

Issa voted for the D.C. House Voting Rights bill on the floor in 2007.  As OGR chair, he worked with Norton to get her two bills that were necessary for the Wharf development project in Southwest through Congress.  He also helped her pass several other bills for D.C., including improving court operations, increasing the Chief Financial Officer’s salary to make it easier to recruit top talent, and giving D.C. more flexibility on when to schedule special elections.