Quote of the Day

"This morning, District residents learned that the administration and Senate Democrats were willing to let the House Republicans treat them as second-class citizens. I am relieved that the bill did not include the national policy riders I abhorred. However, this entire city of 600,000 taxpaying Americans has every reason to be angry that the administration and Senate Democrats did not draw a similar line in the sand that stopped at the District, and the self-governing rights of its citizens."Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia in Washington's most populous at-large Congressional seat (which still does not have a vote in the House), on the Democrats' willingness to compromise the reproductive rights of the city's residents during budget negotiations.

Part of the deal was the passage of a measure which prevents the city of Washington, D.C. from paying for abortions with its tax revenues.

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