Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton testified before the House Rules Committee Tuesday. She offered amendments to the federal budget bill that would strike the controversial provisions limiting the District's control over its spending.
Norton offered three amendments that would strike the provision prohibiting spending of local taxpayer funds on abortions, and redirect money from the private school voucher program to D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools.
In her statement, Norton said she was defending the District's “right to self-government." "This Congress may not have heard my pleas to respect home rule, but you have now heard from District residents," she said, pointing to the protest and arrest of Mayor Vincent Gray and six city councilmembers.
"All I ask is that you treat my constituents with the respect you demand for your own residents,” Norton said.
The bill, as negotiated by President Barack Obama and Congress, would prevent D.C. from spending local funds on abortions for low-income women. It also continues the school voucher program, something House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) pressed for.
Earlier on Tuesday, Norton participated in a press conference at a Planned Parenthood, where she told attendants that leaders had "sold us out" when making the budget deal.