Will Republicans be kind to D.C.?

With Republicans now in control of the House, overwhelmingly Democratic D.C. is nervous.


As new D.C. Mayor Vince Gray walked through the halls of congress with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, they weren’t wringing their hands. Gray said he recognized that circumstances are now different and will do his best to work under the new circumstances.

A number of D.C. laws could be targets of the current House, including gay marriage and medical marijuana. Free abortions for low income women already are under fire with legislation introduced that would prohibit federal taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions.

When Norton asked the speak on the issue at a hearing Tuesday, Republicans told her no.

"When a member's district is involved, that member should be allowed to speak and I think that gives you some notion of what the mayor and I are going to be up against as they try to invade home rule,” she said.

On Wednesday, Norton and Gray went to the office of the new Republican chair of D.C. appropriations and a half hour meeting on city finances.

The Republican chair, Jo Ann Emerson, (R-Mo.) has a long history of overseeing D.C. budget issues. Norton sees her as a friend.

"We have to work together,” Emerson said. “We have a tough budget situation right now and we want to do everything possible-if there are cuts-to make them as painless as possible."

Still, residents weren’t hopeful that the new congress would be friendly to D.C.

“Nobody in Kansas should be making our laws,” said resident Richard Harrell.

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