D.C. Leaders Reject Budget Autonomy Bill Over Abortion Restriction

Bill includes ban on spending local tax dollars on abortion

By BEN NUCKOLS
|  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011  |  Updated 4:56 PM EDT
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D.C. Leaders Reject Budget Autonomy Bill

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District of Columbia leaders said they don't support a proposed bill from a leading House Republican that would give the District more control over its own budget.

The bill includes a provision that would ban the District from spending local tax dollars on abortion. Republicans have insisted on that restriction whenever they've controlled the House, the Senate or the presidency, but they must re-impose the ban every year.

The draft bill by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was circulated to District leaders this week. It would allow the district to spend its local tax dollars without congressional approval.

Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, all Democrats, said in a statement Wednesday that they can't support the bill because of the abortion language.

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