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White House Declines to Comment on D.C.'s Death With Dignity Bill

The White House declined to state President Donald Trump’s position on the District of Columbia's controversial "death with dignity" bill.

A bill to strike down that law is moving quickly through Congress and could end up on the President's desk by the end of next week.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council approved the assisted suicide legislation, which would allow terminally ill people to end their lives in the District.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, will take up a bill that would take down D.C.’s death with dignity law Monday night. Just 48 hours ago Chaffetz met face-to-face with Trump, who also would need to sign off on his plan.

At Thursday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the White House won’t have statements on legislation affecting D.C. before they pass Congress.

“As they come our way, and they get passed by both houses and come this way, we will issue statements of administration policy,” he said. “At this time they are not at that position.”

Spicer then immediately wrapped up the briefing.

If Congress doesn't get a bill to strike down death with dignity Feb. 17, they could try to knock it out again in the spring when deliberating how and how much to give D.C. in federal funds, congressional sources told News4.

Meanwhile, other bills could intervene in the District. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) formally proposed rolling back D.C.’s gun law. And Chaffetz drafted a law to allow federal agencies to move their offices out of D.C. to less expensive parts of the country, which could have a huge impact on local federal workers.