WASHINGTON- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement after House Democrats refused to back legislation supported by District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., that would allow the city to spend its locally generated revenue:
“For weeks, the Delegate from the District of Columbia has urged me, in public and in private, to help pass a special allowance for the District to spend its home generated funds. Privately, I have worked to build support for this amongst Republican leadership and I have declined to publicly criticize city officials who have threatened to defy federal law.
“Democrats opposing the request of the District’s own representative is a deeply cynical maneuver. The budget impasse hurts our country, but this vote underscores how much the Democratic leadership believes the Reid shutdown is a political winner that they’re not eager to fix through negotiations or compromise. I intend to keep pursuing a solution despite the Democrats defeating this measure.”