City Desk

Issa Introduces Bill To Give District Budget Autonomy, Sort Of

Perhaps I'm a cynic, but I'm not convinced Darrell Issa's new bill to offer the District budget autonomy was made in good faith. The California Republican (who tried to micromanage D.C. government just a few weeks ago), has attached a clause to the bill that would prevent the D.C. from using its own tax dollars to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother's life is in jeopardy.

Even though abortion money is currently off the table, thanks to the Obama debt-ceiling deal, considering the protests sparked earlier this year, it's difficult to imagine that D.C. government will just roll over and accept a permanent bill as-is.

Still, at least Issa is living up to his promise to offer some form of budget autonomy. And who knows what will happen? Councilmember Kwame Brown's remarks on the bill were on the warmer side: “Even though Rep. Issa and I do not always agree on everything, I appreciate that he clearly supports giving the District local budget autonomy."

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License

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