Norton Working to Prevent House Floor Vote on Nullifying D.C. Medical Aid-in-Dying Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she is only in round one to prevent the House of Representatives from taking up a disapproval resolution to nullify the District of Columbia’s medical aid-in-dying bill, the Death with Dignity Act, which was passed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) last evening. Norton said the 30-legislative-day congressional review period for the disapproval resolution is projected to expire on Friday, February 17, 2017, and that the House and Senate would need to pass the disapproval resolution and send it to the President’s desk for a signature in order to nullify the local D.C. bill. Although time is running out on the congressional review period, Norton is watchful as Republicans may try later to repeal the District’s medical aid-in-dying legislation by attaching a rider to other bills.
“Although we are close to accomplishing our goal of defeating this disapproval resolution and preserving the District’s local legislation, we are not counting our chickens quite yet,” Norton said. “We are keeping the pressure on House Republicans and reminding them that 24 of their House Members, including two Members of House leadership, are from the six states where medical aid is dying is legal. I am particularly encouraged by the continuous action of D.C. residents, who are letting Congress know through their calls, tweets, and visits that they are sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens and having their local democratic rights violated. Last Congress, we defeated numerous attempts by House Republicans to overturn D.C.’s local anti-discrimination law that prohibits employers in D.C. from discriminating against employees, their spouses or their dependents based on their reproductive health decisions. We intend to achieve similar success with Death with Dignity and are prepared for the long haul.”